Oprah Praised as 'GOAT' Interviewer Following Meghan Markle Talk

Oprah has been praised as the "GOAT"—greatest of all time—interviewer following her revealing talk with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which aired on CBS Sunday evening. The television host was saluted for her "genius" and "masterclass" probing skills in a flood of posts on Twitter from writers, authors and other public figures.

Oprah previously said: "I just want to make it clear to everybody: There's no subject that's off limits," ahead of the highly anticipated sit-down with the couple. Her interview touched on a range of controversial topics from the reported rift between Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan to the alleged reason for why the couple's son Archie didn't receive a royal title.

Broadcaster and executive producer Tamron Hall tweeted: "!!!!!!! Never ever doubt @Oprah 'the GOAT'. She will always ask what you are thinking. #HarryandMeghanonOprah."

Jason Goldman, former Chief Digital Officer of the White House during the Obama administration, tweeted: "I like that Oprah shows up now and then to remind people she's the GOAT."

MSNBC's Chris Hayes tweeted: "I didn't actually quite understand Oprah's singular genius as a broadcaster and interviewer until I became one but she's legit on another level."

Showrunner LaToya Morgan noted: "Oprah is the GOAT interviewer. Period.

"Every question was perfectly balanced with journalistic probing and compassion & empathy. There's no one better.

!!!!!!! Never ever doubt @Oprah “the GOAT”. She will always ask what you are thinking. #HarryandMeghanonOprah

— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) March 8, 2021

"She's so soothing and real. Not an inauthentic note ever. That's her superpower," Morgan added.

Writer/producer @KirkWrites79 replied: "Agreed. And, I get why so many criticize her interviewing style. She probes so casually. Even using her own person[al] anecdotes to pull more from who she's interviewing. Oprah's voice is also very soothing to me."

Author George M Johnson said: "Oprah just woke up one day and was like 'you know what, I'm bored. Lemme take down the British monarchy.'"

Scottish writer Francis Maxwell tweeted: "Oprah the goat. This is a Masterclass."

I didn’t actually quite understand Oprah’s singular genius as a broadcaster and interviewer until I became one but she’s legit on another level.

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 8, 2021

Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson wrote: "This is when a generation that didn't grow up watching Oprah now realizes how she has a unique gift."

Noting "Oprah is such a good interviewer," Emily Nussbaum, a staff writer for The New Yorker, tweeted: "The monarchy is repulsive. This began as a dishy watch but it's gotten genuinely upsetting."

Author Luvvie Ajayi Jones addded: "All my love to Meghan Markle. She is still standing in spite of how they tried to destroy her. And @Oprah for showing why she's the interview GOAT. #ImWithMeghan."

The monarchy is repulsive. This began as a dishy watch but it's gotten genuinely upsetting. Also, Oprah is such a good interviewer.

— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) March 8, 2021

Other revealing moments in the interview came from Harry, who made new criticisms of his father. He told Oprah that Prince Charles had stopped taking his calls around the start of 2020.

Asked whether he blindsided Queen Elizabeth II by announcing his plans to leave the royal family online without agreement with the palace, Harry denied the claim and added: "I had two conversations with my father before he stopped taking my calls."

This is when a generation that didn’t grow up watching Oprah now realizes how she has a unique gift.

— deray (@deray) March 8, 2021

The prince also said he and Meghan were only able to start a new life in the U.S. because of his mother's money, after his father cut him off financially. He said: "My family literally cut me off financially."

According to the U.K. tabloid Mirror, the royal family was not offered a preview of the interview ahead of it airing. A source told Us Weekly that the 94-year-old queen and Harry's older brother Prince William were "furious," thinking the "entire royal family will be painted in an unfair way" in the interview.

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Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for a CBS Primetime Special which aired on March 7. Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images