Tony Williams was excited. Weight Watchers was flying him to California to shoot a commercial.
He was going to be on TV! They gave him an outfit to wear and everything. The entire experience felt so rewarding after losing more than 100 pounds on the program.
But the reveal was yet to come.
He entered a sun-drenched home in California, walking through a hallway and into a kitchen.
And there she was. Oprah. Oprah!
“Steps from behind the wall, Miss Oprah Winfrey,” he said. “She almost killed me. I may have had a heart attack.”
Greeting him, in a ruffly off-the-shoulder red blouse and sunny smile, was the talk-show magnate, a company spokeswoman. The...