Oprah got a fine holiday present this year: The media queen retained her title as America’s favorite TV personality in the 2003 Harris Interactive Poll, conducted online with 2,376 adults in the U.S. from Nov. 17-23.
In results released Christmas Eve, Winfrey, 49, was named the most popular TV figure for the second year in a row, reports the Associated Press. She also took the title in 1998 and 2000.
Since the beginning of the survey, in 1993, Winfrey has consistently held one of the top three spots.
This year, David Letterman, Bill O’Reilly, Ray Romano and Jay Leno followed her (in descending order). Dr. Phil McGraw and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart tied for sixth place. “CSI” star William Petersen was eighth; Whoopi Goldberg finished ninth; and Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres and Martin Sheen tied for 10th place.
Speaking of Aniston and Winfrey, the “Friends” star, 34, cried on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” she admits to Vogue magazine (in its January issue).
“She was doing a show about our final year, and there was an audience, and I, unfortunately, am one of those blithering idiots who cried on ‘Oprah,'” Aniston says.
“I couldn’t stop myself,” she added. “I really wish I hadn’t but it was this reality check. We’ve all been in sort of a state of denial about the ending of ‘Friends’ and this kind of made it real.”
And Aniston wasn’t the only one reaching for Kleenex. “I think even Oprah got a little misty,” she said. “It was just something that took us by surprise.”