Oprah: “The iPad Is My Favorite Thing Ever.”

Ever since 2002, Oprah Winfrey has ended each year with a Christmas celebration in the form of her “Favorite Things” episode, in which she has lavished the members of her audience with the products of the year that entertainment’s most influential woman has gazed beneficently upon.

This past Monday, Oprah held her 2010 Favorite Things episode, and she gave all 275 members of her studio audience an item she declared “her number one favorite thing ever.”

What was it? A brand new iPad.

Why the iPad? According to Oprah, she knew from “our very first moment together that it had stolen my heart.”

Quite a ringing endorsement, and the other gadgets she showered upon her audience weren’t shabby either: a five year subscription to Netflix, a 52-inch Sony Bravia 3D HDTV and a Nikon D3100 camera, as well as a brand new 2012 Volkwagen Beetle (with taxes pre-paid)… which isn’t even out yet.

Who the heck do you have to kill again to get into the audience of one of these episodes?

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