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SPOILER ALERT: Oprah's Big Secret Is...

The secret's out!  Oprah's been teasing viewers since last week about today's episode where she will be reunited with someone very important to her.  The teaser always hinted toward a family member of some kind, but is that actually it?

 

Read on for the semi-shocking spoiler if you just can't wait til 4p ET....

And Oprah's BIG reveal is...

She has a long lost half-sister who was given up for adoption shortly after her birth.

The sibling's name is Patricia, who reportedly was given up for adoption by Oprah's mother, Vernita Lee, shortly after her birth in 1963.

Interestingly, Oprah has 2 other younger siblings who died--one ALSO named Patricia and a brother named Jeffrey.  According to USA Today:

USA TODAY's Judy Keen reports from Chicago that Patricia - whose last name was not revealed - lived in foster homes until she was 7, including some that were "not so good," she said on Monday's Oprah Winfrey Show.

Patricia said she always hoped her birth mother would return for her. By 17, she was a single mother. She has two grown children, a daughter and son.

"Oh my God, I have a family" was her reaction when she found out she had three siblings, Patricia said. One of those siblings, the only one still alive, was Winfrey.

Just before Thanksgiving, Winfrey said, she was told "a bombshell family secret." The story would have become public and been "exploited" eventually, Winfrey said, "so I wanted you to hear it from me first."

"Patricia is my half-sister who I never knew existed," Winfrey said.

Winfrey said she had no idea her mother had given up a baby when she was 9 and living with her father Vernon Winfrey in Nashville.

Wow.  And how did Patricia figure out the billionaire media maven is indeed her sibling?  Her son researched Oprah's mother Vernita Lee online after Vernita did an interview about her kids:

Patricia said she saw Lee in a TV interview discussing her three acknowledged children and began to put the pieces together.

Her son, Andre, went online and found the birthdates of Patricia's siblings, including Winfrey. "We realized that Oprah could be my sister," Patricia said. That was in 2007. Lee and Patricia both still live in Milwaukee.

Patricia kept her connection to Winfrey a secret because she worried it would create a media frenzy. "I did not want her hurt," Patricia said.

And a spoiler on how their first reunion went on the show:

Winfrey called their first encounter "a beloved moment."

"It's not something I ever thought would happen to me," Winfrey said.

She then brought Patricia on stage. Winfrey teared up as soon as she was seated beside her half-sister and clasped her hand.

Today's show airs at 9am CT in Chicago, and 4p ET elsewhere in the country.  We'll be watching...

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WHY ARE YOU PUTTING HER IN A

WHY ARE YOU PUTTING HER IN A PLACE LIKE SHES GOD .SHE MAY RUN YOUR WORLD, BUT MY WORLD GOD IS IN CHARGE,SHE IS NOT GOD,SO PEOPLE NEED TO REALLY BE CAREFUL.
Anonymous's picture

maybe i'm having a retarded

maybe i'm having a retarded moment, but serious question....how can she be oprah's half sister if they have the same mom? i thought only half siblings came from having different moms & the same dad.
Brandi's picture

i think this is a little more

i think this is a little more than a retarded "moment"...
Princess's picture

Whoever called you retarded

Whoever called you retarded is an a-hole. Given that Black women in America often have children for different men, it's rare to hear children refer to each as half-anything, b/c they grew up in the same household and have the same life experience.
NikNak's picture

Please don't leave out the

Please don't leave out the white women who have babies by each guy they sleep with. And no I am not a black women.
Anonymous's picture

Actually, ppl say that if you

Actually, ppl say that if you don't share the same parents you're halves. Someone once told me that my sister was my half sister bc we have different fathers. I was VERY offended! She is my sister...period! In my opinion, if you have the same mother, your are sisters! Forget the half!
Anonymous's picture

Oh, and I guess I understand

Oh, and I guess I understand why tho...probably bc of DNA. They only share half their DNA. Makes sense but in my book...same mother=sisters. I'm being too sensitive.
Anonymous's picture

You are retarded if you think

You are retarded if you think that. A half sibling can also be when two children have the same mom but different dad. I really can't believe you just wrote that. SMDH
Anonymous's picture

You are retarded if you think

You are retarded if you think that. A half sibling can also be when two children have the same mom but different dad. I really can't believe you just wrote that. SMDH
Anonymous's picture

A bit harsh to say retarded

A bit harsh to say retarded for thinking that, geez... the old saying goes: You came out the same HOLE, you're whole siblings.
Anonymous's picture

that is an awesome story!! I

that is an awesome story!! I can't wait to see! It seems Patricia is trustworthy and I hope only positive things come from this! hmmmm I know Gale is like WTF!!!! LOL
vanity1's picture

LOL , being a mom at 17 with

LOL , being a mom at 17 with two kids and to found out that OPRAH WINFREY is my sister!! niceee
Anonymous's picture

Ms. Patricia is a kind heart

Ms. Patricia is a kind heart indeed because she did not call some crap show to tell her story...
Lira's picture

CHA-CHING!

CHA-CHING!
Flohno's picture

BORING...who cares?

BORING...who cares?
Cayla's picture

This is gonna be touching...

This is gonna be touching... I'm happy for Oprah, it seems she's always lacked "family" in her blessed life. I hope they are everything a family/sister should be and more...
Anonymous's picture

I support Inter/racial

I support Inter/racial relationships! I believe love has no color! ___________blackwhitedate.c-/0m ____________ This club is for those of us that don't discriminate! This is to all my people who don't care about somebody's ethnic background, just how they are on the inside. If you want to find a sincere Inter/racial relationship. If you are serious. Come and join us!
loveit's picture

I just found out Oprah my

I just found out Oprah my cousin(lol).........where my money at????
Anonymous's picture

LMAO!

LMAO!
Anonymous's picture

too bad ignorant mother

too bad ignorant mother pluckers couldnt let her reveal it on her own
TDEW's picture

Can I find my billionaire

Can I find my billionaire long lost sister too?! lol happy ending to a great story.
HU_Philly's picture

LOL. I know, right!

LOL. I know, right!
Anonymous's picture

I'm gonna have to DVR the

I'm gonna have to DVR the first 20 minutes but I'll be watching!
Shelly Shell's picture

I will be watching!

I will be watching!
Ann Droid's picture

Wow, that's one huge family

Wow, that's one huge family secret to discover, acknowledge, deal with AND reveal to the world.
DawnfromDC's picture

What a great story

What a great story
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