“I often say, ‘Nobody but Jesus could have made this happen for me,'” Oprah Winfrey told Good Morning America on the day of her much anticipated final show. “”I had no stylist, I had no publicist, I [was not] marketing-savvy, I was the most naive in terms of how the business operated.”
Winfrey, with her wide-ranging appeal, emotionally moving segments and feel-good generosity, was more a “spiritual but not religious” type to many viewers, as this article posits.
Though she was raised Baptist, over the years, she opened up to Buddhist guests, new age gurus and spiritual leaders.
When she did mention Jesus in particular, it was from a more spiritual perspective, like discussing “Christ consciousness” in reaction to Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. This led theologically conservative Christian groups to criticize her for watering down her faith or leaving it altogether.