Oprah kicked off her much heralded and lamented farewell season by announcing she’d be taking her entire audience Down Under to Australia. For her second show on her steady march toward kicking off her OWN channel (that’s actually what it’s called: OWN — the Oprah Winfrey Network), Oprah welcomed back Wynonna and Naomi Judd. The Judds have previously aired their musical family’s very dirty and complex laundry on The Oprah Winfrey Show 18 times!
In an interview with The Boot, Wynonna admitted she was nervous about sitting down with Oprah, the Queen of Daytime Talk. “I had a really tough time going into the Oprah deal because I knew she’d ask me some really hard, tough questions,” Wynonna said.
“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. She is a friend but also a journalist. I get it. The people want to know [about my life]. I did not dodge any questions, there was no secrecy and it was hard, brutal and honest.”
Naomi, who’s always been the braver, more put-together face of the family, had nothing but the highest praise for Oprah Winfrey. “I adore this woman,” Naomi Judd gushed. “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.”
But that doesn’t mean Naomi Judd wasn’t intimidated by her. She just let her nerves show in a very particular way. “I was in the dressing room watching on the monitor,” Naomi recalled, “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.”
Naomi and Wynonna’s complicated rollercoaster relationship has been well publicized, but Naomi said this trip to Oprah’s couch was a 180. “I thought Wynonna was brilliant. We are in a completely new place. We are both new and improved.”
Besides discussing their relationship, Naomi and Wynonna Judd also took Oprah and her viewers on a tour of their thousand acre farm outside of Nashville. Wynonna talked about how she lost 60 pounds and how she’s coping following her divorce from ex-husband, D.R. Roach, who was arrested and indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault and battery against a minor under the age of 13. And most importantly, they pimped their upcoming tour, which is being billed as their last farewell tour.