“I was thinking, ‘This chicken needs some salt and pepper.’” 

By Corey Williams
December 14, 2018
Twitter u/SpencerAlthouse

If you haven’t seen the viral clip going around of Oprah Winfrey reacting to unseasoned chicken in 2006--congrats on being a well-rounded adult who spends time away from Twitter.

The rest of us, though, have been obsessing over this awkward moment that Buzzfeed writer Spencer Althouse decided to bring back into our lives:

I’ve seen that a gazillion times this week, but still, every part of my body is cringing right now. You can just tell that this was that poor woman’s time to shine. She probably spent years perfecting that bland, basic recipe, only to publicly disappoint the Queen of Daytime TV.

Sure, Oprah could’ve seen the tweet, chuckled at the memory, and moved on with her day. Wouldn’t that be the humane thing to do? I mean, why add to the humiliation of a (mostly) innocent person again? Her only crime was against flavor.

Buuuut, she didn’t do that. Instead, Oprah responded to the clip in an Instagram post:

She walked us through what she was actually thinking after that first disappointing bite:

“I always wanted anybody who came on the show, no matter what they did, to have a good experience,” she explained. “And I also wanted to stay in my own truth while allowing them to have that good experience."

"I was having a moment of trying to decide, 'Do I want her to have a great time?' 'What is my real moment of truth?' Because the truth for me was that I am used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That's just the truth. That's what I was thinking: 'This chicken needs some salt and pepper.'"

The seasoning-challenged chef probably wishes we would all just let this meme die already. But, hey, at least someone’s getting a kick out of this uncomfortable saga--here’s Althouse’s reaction to hearing Oprah say his name:

Honestly, same.