Oprah Cancels 'Favorite Things' Episode?

An employee from Oprah Winfrey's production company says the queen of daytime television is skipping her famous annual "Oprah's Favorite Things" episode this year. The episode, usually a consumer freebie free-for-all featuring Oprah gracing her audience with a smorgasboard of her favorite products, is a holiday tradition focused equally on conspicuous consumption and charity (she has filled her "Favorite Things" audiences with teachers and Hurricane Katrina volunteers, for instance). But in 2008, Oprah did a thrift-themed "Favorite Things" to acknowledge the economic collapse, and there may be no 2009 episode at all.