What happened when Oprah went to the bank for the first time in 29 years to deposit a $2 million check

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When you’re an uber-rich celebrity, it’s only natural that you’d become out of touch with everyday tasks like going grocery shopping, cleaning or going to the bank, for example.

After all, many of the world’s wealthiest people have assistants to do all those mundane things for them. Well, it certainly seems like that’s the case with Oprah Winfrey, who revealed on an episode of Ellen DeGeneres’ YouTube series “Show Me More Show” that she recently stepped foot inside a bank for the first time since 1988.

The media mogul was playing a game of “Burning Questions” with DeGeneres when the host asked her what her ATM pin number was.


“I don’t have one,” she responded. “I went to the bank recently, because I hadn’t been since 1988.”

Woah! Now while it’s not surprising that someone as rich and famous as Winfrey has someone that she can pay to go to the bank for her, the fact that she literally hasn’t been inside of one for nearly 30 years is still somewhat shocking.


She goes on to explain that she was there for the most Oprah reason: to deposit $2 million. She says that after not having done it in so long, she wanted to see what it would be like to go to the bank. When DeGeneres asked her how it felt, Winfrey said, “Fantastic!”

Of course it felt fantastic! Who wouldn’t feel that way if they had a check like that to go into an account? This is just what $1 million looks like. She must have felt twice as good!

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You need to watch the whole hilarious segment below:

DeGeneres also asked Winfrey a number of other random questions, and DeGeneres answers them as well. We learn that Oprah’s favorite comfort food is cheese, while DeGeneres prefers pasta. As for the advice the wildly successful entertainer and businesswoman would give her 21-year-old self? “Relax girl, you gonna be allright.”


DeGeneres warns her younger self to “not get that perm.”

The picture of DeGeneres was pretty funny. And, we have to admit we love Ellen’s hair now. It’s part of her signature look! We live and learn, right?

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Winfrey reveals that she, too, had a perm, which actually caused her to go bald for a time! Too funny!

And, can you guess what Oprah’s favorite work beginning with the letter ‘O’ is? It’s not what you may think!


We’re glad these two seem like they had tons of fun.

Ellen knows how to bring the fun, though. Remember these classic moments?

Ellen and Oprah Go Grocery Shopping

Just recently, Ellen featured a video of what happened Oprah and she went to the grocery store together!


Discovering Boxed Wine With Michelle Obama

Who would have thought you could fine wine at a CVS store?


Showing Off A Three-Year-Old Gymnast

Not only was this fun, but the little acrobat is totally adorable!


And when Ellen’s not laughing and having fun, she reminds her audience about all the good in the world. She took some time recently to reflect on that just after the horrible Las Vegas mass shooting.



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