Oprah Winfrey's first. very personal, Weight Watchers ad is getting attention from folks in the UK. (Courtesy photo)

Scoop: Oprah’s Weight Watchers ad prompts tears

It may not be “Star Wars,” but the early reviews are in: Oprah Winfrey’s new Weight Watchers commercial is a tearjerker.

The spot, which hasn’t yet aired in the U.S., has made a splash in the U.K., prompting online comments from folks who said they cried.

With tinkling New Age music behind her, Winfrey says in the ad: “Inside every overweight woman is a woman she knows she can be. Many times you look in the mirror and you don’t even recognize your own self because you got lost, buried in the weight that you carry.”

She continues, “Nothing you’ve ever been through is wasted. So every time I tried and failed, every time I tried again, and every time I tried again, has brought me to this most powerful moment to say, ‘If not now, when?’ I feel that way, and I know millions of other people feel that way. Are you ready? Let’s do this together.”

Even if the media mogul doesn’t lose pounds on the weight-loss program, she’s making gains. In October, she bought 10 percent of the company for $43.2 million; as of November, her stake in the company was valued at more than $145 million, according to E! Online.

Winfrey will promote the company for five years, joining the ranks of celebrity spokeswomen Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Hudson, Sarah Ferguson, Jenny McCarthy and Lynn Redgrave. And her BFF Gayle King also is participating in the program.


TAYLOR TOPS INSTAGRAM

As 2015 comes to a close, it’s not a huge surprise that Taylor Swift, with some 60.5 million followers, tops the list of most popular folks on Instagram, according to Social Blade, a statistics website tracking social media presence.

Rounding out the lineup are Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Nicki Minaj, and, at No. 10. with 42.2 million followers, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

QUICK TAKES

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher have donated $1 million to Syrian refugees. … CNN anchor Poppy Harlow, who is six months pregnant, passed out briefly while on the air Monday morning during a report on the war on terror, but soon after assured viewers she was OK. … “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” star Zhang Ziyi and fiance Wang Feng welcomed a baby daughter this week.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actor Mekhi Phifer is 41. … Actor Jude Law is 43. … Singer-guitarist Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 45, … Comedian Paula Poundstone is 56. … Actress Patricia Clarkson is 56. … Singer-actress Yvonne Elliman is 64. … Actor Ted Danson is 68. … Singer Marianne Faithfull is 69. … Actor Jon Voight is 77. ,,, Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 79.

— Wire report

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