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Oprah is the New Skateboarding Bulldog

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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was all rainbows, butterflies, and warm fuzzies as Oprah flashed her spotlight on this wacky Internet video phenomenon-thing the kids are calling YouTube. Winfrey toasted the baby billionaire founders of the company, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, on Tuesday's show where she also welcomed a stream of Web celebs like the Dirty Dancing wedding couple, the phone salesman opera whiz, and other such attention-grabbing leprechauns who've made the digital platform a healthy $1.6 billion.

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The show was timed synergistically with O's announcement that she too would be grabbing a piece of the pie with her very own YouTube channel, sure to be packed with troves of her inspirational blather. (Oddly, the clips on her channel are not embeddable, one of the features that makes YouTube so viral.) We're sure there were high-fives aplenty in the greenroom as Oprah, Chen, and Hurley grinned and threw piles of greenbacks at one another.


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