Oprah ate 30 lbs. of mac and cheese after 'Beloved' flopped. What's your biggest mac and cheese moment?

Beloved-Oprah-WinfreyImage Credit: Everett CollectionWe’ve all had our bad days. We’ve all binged on something — food, shopping, Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathons — to pull us out of our funk. But what do you do if you’re the Most Powerful Woman In Media and your passion project feature film not only takes a major belly flop at the box office, but it gets beaten by the third Chucky sequel?

Apparently, you order up 30 lbs. of mac and cheese. In a teaser clip from Piers Morgan’s CNN interview with Oprah Winfrey, the daytime talk queen and budding cable network mogul admitted that the poor showing of 1998’s Beloved — which Winfrey produced and took the leading role — “sent me into a massive, depressive, macaroni-and-cheese-eating tail spin.” Winfrey recalled getting the bad news about Beloved‘s opening weekend that Saturday morning. “I remember…hearing that we got beat by something called ‘Chucky,’ and I didn’t even know what Chucky was.” Yeeouch. (For the record: Beloved opened at No. 5 to $8.1 million, Bride of Chucky opened at No. 2 to $11.8 million, and Practical Magic opened at No. 1 with $13.1 million. Beloved‘s total domestic gross: $22.9 million.)

So what did Oprah do to cope? “I asked my chef at the time, ‘Make some macaroni and cheese!'” How much? asked Morgan. “Oh, I ate about 30 lbs. worth,” Oprah replied, laughing. “I’m not kidding….I recognized, ‘I am depressed,’ because I’d done enough shows [about depression].”

The entire interview will air on CNN Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. ET, but check out the full clip below, and then tell me, PopWatchers, what was your biggest “mac and cheese moment”? (Note: Does not necessarily have to entail actual consumption of mac and cheese.)

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  • AliciaJo

    In my second year of collage I was home for spring break making mac and cheese and my right lung collapsed. Yea that wasn’t fun and put my off mac n cheese for awhile but on the flip side I missed a week of school because of it.

    • Katja

      Holy sh*t. That’s a heck of a mac and cheese story. Glad you’re okay.

      • AliciaJo

        Yeah it’s a very cool story to share now but was crap to live.

    • Tom Strong

      Oprah = garbage

      • GP

        Tom = garbage for posting something so nasty.

    • C’mon now

      That must have been one heck of a “collage” to take over two years…

      • Lol


  • Marie

    The most recent time that I was depressed was right after watching an episode Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The episode “Washita” had me crying for the first time ever while watching Dr. Quinn. I didn’t eat anything, but I was sad for about the next 10 minutes and I wanted to time travel back to the late 1800s and punch Custer in the face!!
    Oh how I love short depression because of amazing tv shows!!!

  • How High

    I ate a bullet after watching Beloved.

    • Nathan

      Awesome, easily one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, unintentionally hilarious in parts.

    • Olive


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    • GP

      Racist ahole

  • Fatima

    Beloved was extremely underrated and way too difficult of a book to sell to a mass audience. Nobody could have done it. This story was funny though.

    • Chichi

      I couldn’t agree with you more Fatima. It had the makings of a well produced mini-series for PBS but not for mass consumption. It’s one of the best books ever written.

  • René De Beaumarchais

    Kraft Dinner, not “mac-n-cheese”…

    Silly rabbits, Trix is for kids!

  • Kiki

    I like to watch the 6 hour BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries when I’m down. Works every time!

    • Lola

      Or just the bit with Colin Firth emerging from the lake for a quick pick me up!

    • Katja

      Good call! I like the part Lola describes, but I think my favorite scene for a quick pick-me-up would be when Lizzy smoothes over Caroline Bingley’s comment about Wickham and then Mr. Darcy just stares at her gratefully and lovingly. Gives me the warm fuzzies every time.

    • Caryn

      Both wonderful parts ::sigh::

      • J. Davis

        I prefer the movie. The end where Darcy walks through the meadow is best; second favorite part is where the dad says he didn’t think anyone would ever be good enough for her. Sniff…

  • Get in my belly!

    Mac n’ cheese is good.

    • Nathan

      Beloved however, was not.

  • Barack Palin

    I shudder to think how long it took Oprah to have a bowel movement after 30 lbs of mac and cheese. 30 lobs of mac and cheese, followed by a barrelful of Metamucil.

    • Piers Morgan

      Great idea for a followup question!

    • Ames

      And thanks to you, now I’m thinking about it, too. Yuck.

  • Mikka

    After I was laid off from my first professional job. I was in computer/high-tech and lay-offs are a rite of passage. Still, it was very hard. I ate a lot of mac and cheese, drank beer and watched one romcom after another. I did that for almost a week. I’d have done it for a year, but I had rent to pay. I found a temp job that turned into a great programming gig that turned into a great engineering job. I wish I’d known it would work out so well. It would have saved me five pounds a few hangovers.

    • Allison

      I am sincerely inspired by this. Congrats on giving yourself the time, even if it did cost a few pounds, and congrats for knowing when to say enough.

  • sherrell

    Well that explains why she has weight problem. Doesn’t look like her personal trainer is helping either. And fire her personal chef too~someone needs to stand up to her and say NO!

    • Okay, but…

      …this isn’t an issue for a chef or a trainer to deal with. It’s a counseling issue. When you self-medicate with food to that extreme, it’s a mental health problem that needs to be addressed – not a willpower problem. Not everyone who’s overweight is just some lazy schlub who doesn’t care about themselves or how they look and only needs to learn discipline in order to get and stay thin. When I cut down on emotional overeating, I just started self-injuring instead. It can be a really difficult thing to overcome, and it’s just not as simple as you make it sound.

    • Fatima

      And this was also 12 years ago. Oprah’s relationship with food has gone through a lot of different stages. She yo-yo diets which shows she has some issues. I remember a few years ago she said she allowed herself one dessert a year. She doesn’t seem to be following that anymore while still remaining healthy. Seems like she’s finally in a positive relationship with food.

  • Corinne

    Beloved is one of my favorite movies. I never understood the ending after watching it over 64 times. Last thing the movies did for me was make me want to eat ANYTHING.

  • Dicky

    My mac and cheese moment? When ABC moved the Partridge Family to Saturday nights opposite All In The Family on CBS. I was very young then…

  • Jayne

    I ate 2 quarts of Baskin Robbins Jamoca Almond fudge ice cream when I was alone on New Year’s Eve-Day.

    • Allison

      Last year, when I got to my friend’s apartment to celebrate NYE and realized that I was the only one dressed up, but that the kind of boring group she’d assembled was going to be the group I rung in 2010 in, I just started making ridiculously strong drinks for myself. I knew it was from boredom, and it would hurt the next day. This year, I made sure that didn’t happen again.

  • Jon

    Like Oprah needed an excuse to eat 30 pounds of mac ‘n’ cheese.

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