The Judds Give a Sneak Preview of Their ‘Oprah’ Appearance
"I had a really tough time going into the 'Oprah' deal because I knew she'd ask me some really hard, tough questions," Wynonna tells The Boot. "She called me out first, and I knew that, but it was like going into the principal's office. I felt stress and pressure. She was very direct. I faced her; I gave her transparency and honesty. I answered with my heart and told her the truth, and she stayed right with me."
Wynonna understands that Oprah is just doing her job. "She is a friend but also a journalist," Wy says. "I get it. The people want to know. I did not dodge any questions, there was no secrecy and it was hard, brutal and honest."
Now that the show is ready to air, is Wynonna glad that she did it? The answer is a resounding yes.
"It shows the audience that I am sassy, I'm not a victim and I'm in a good space. I think after being on there four times when there was drama, there is now victory. I'm able to leave there and that audience with my head held high and shoulders back. It's not arrogance, just confidence, knowing I have faced a difficult situation and knowing I had come out feeling good about it. I hope men and women who watch the show will take inspiration from it."
Naomi added that they were thrilled to be asked to do the show, and Oprah is all one thinks she might me. "I adore this woman. She is warm, very vulnerable; she holds my hand and I feel that she is my friend. That's the thing that overwhelms me -- to get to know someone of her honesty and caliber."
Naomi went on to relate something funny that happened while she was watching Wynonna do her interview. "I was in the dressing room watching on the monitor and I just kept putting on makeup, because I was so nervous. So I go out there and I look like one of our gay friends that impersonates us. I thought Wynonna was brilliant. We are in a completely new place; we are both new and improved.
"I also kept looking at her and was aware that this is the last time we would be in this situation," Naomi continues. "And there was actually a moment where I looked at Oprah and said 'Can we just be present, be fully aware and immersed with consciousness, and just stop for a second? I want to freeze frame it.'"
Wynonna says Oprah seemed to enjoy the interview, as well. "She had such wonderment on her face, she was smiling, and she cried at the end when we sang to her. It was a heavy duty show, but there was also laughter. The audience got us; they can relate to us, whether they are relating to me or her. You can feel people are there and see themselves in us. Oprah would not let me get off track, and it was tough. This will be a milestone for me, a marker."
Naomi said their therapist was in the audience, and Wynonna quickly corrected her, pointing out that he is their "life coach."
"He rode up on the bus with me and he sat in our eye-line," explains Naomi. "He was wonderfully reassuring afterwards. We asked for feedback and he told me to never wear that dress again and your hair is too big!"
The duo declined to give any details about what they sing on the show, simply saying that they did a classic that Oprah requested. 'Oprah' ends after more than 4,400 episodes and 28,000 guests, launching its farewell season this week. The Judds are on the second show of the farewell season, which airs today, September 14. During the hour, Naomi and Wynonna take viewers on a tour of their thousand acre farm outside of Nashville and Wynonna talks about how she lost 60 pounds. She also talks about how she got through the time when her then-husband, D.R. Roach, was arrested and indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault and battery against a minor under the age of 13. They also talk about their upcoming tour, billed as their last farewell tour.