SPOILER ALERT: Plot details from The Handmaid’s Tale ahead
Oprah Winfrey made a vocal cameo on a new episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.
The voice of the billionaire media mogul, 64, was heard on a radio broadcast after the show's June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) happened upon a vehicle parked in a garage, with Winfrey's trademark voice echoing through the radio unit.
The iconic talk show host said, 'Broadcasting from somewhere in the Great White North. And now this news. The American government in Anchorage today received promises of economic aid from India and China.
'In the United Kingdom, additional sanctions on Gilead were announced, as well as plans to raise the cap on American refugees relocating from Canada.'
At that point, Bruce Springsteen’s 1980 rock classic Hungry Heart could be heard piping in as Oprah wrapped up the segment.
The veteran media personality continued, 'Now a tune to remind everyone who’s listening, American patriot or Gilead traitor, we are still here - stars and stripes forever baby.'
The Handmaid’s Tale show-runner Bruce Miller issued a statement revealing that the series extended Oprah the invitation to appear after learning that she's a regular viewer of the sci-fi drama.
'We'd heard Oprah was a fan of the show, and had a story idea, and thought, wouldn't it be wonderful if ... So we asked and she said yes, and it was a lovely, easy process,' he said. 'The radio segment she recorded was inspired by the free radio of the Allies from World War II.
'It was an absolute honor to have Oprah featured on the show, and especially thrilling as she was the one who presented us with the Emmy last year.'
The legendary TV star crossed paths with Moss last fall at the Emmy Awards, when she presented the actress with the award after the show won the honors for the Outstanding Drama Series.
Moss in April told The Hollywood Reporter about a discussion she had with Winfrey, in which the broadcasting icon revealed her enthusiasm for the series
'She was in the dressing room next to me and she kept popping back into the room to ask questions about the show or to make comments or ask what was coming up for a specific character,' Moss recalled. 'Then she'd leave and I'd close the door and have a silent freak-out moment, just screaming silently, that Oprah Winfrey even knew what the show was and then she would pop back up with more questions.'
The series, which airs on Hulu, was in the national headlines two months ago after White House Correspondents’ Dinner host Michelle Wolf compared President Donald Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to the show's villainous Aunt Lydia character, portrayed by actress Ann Dowd.
Dowd in response said she felt Aunt Lydia held herself to a higher personal standard than Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
'From my experience, Lydia is a straightforward person with a low tolerance for confusion and nonsense,' Dowd told the Los Angeles Times. 'Had she been offered the job of press secretary for the present administration, she most likely would have turned it down.
'Also, Lydia has the comfort of believing that everything she says and does is in service to God. Ms. Sanders has no such luxury.'
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