The queen of daytime television crossed over into primetime Sunday night -- opening the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Winfrey -- acknowledging the power of television in a stunning floor-length red dress -- even poked fun at its influence, saying television even can convince people to buy books.
Transcript after the click.
"Welcome everybody to the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. As we have just been so charmingly reminded by some of our most shining stars, nothing else in our world speaks to us quite like television.
Television has spoken to us and given us words to live by -- some of them a little more colorful than others. For 60 years now -- at the Emmys -- the Television Academy had brought us together to honor truly distinguished achievement by those men and women who use the singular power of television wisely and artfully to make us laugh, to make us cry and yes to make us sometimes even think.
Grouch Marx once said, "I find television very educating. Every time someone turns on the television set I go in the other room and read a book."
And yet, you can bet your life, Groucho, that television can teach us a thing or two, or even, I've heard rumors, cause some people to actually buy books.
I've been extremely blessed to experience first hand the full power of television. Television helped open up my world and I know that the same is true for so many of you here in this audience tonight and millions more out there joining us from a watching world.
These have not been easy times in the world of TV, or in the world generally for that matter. But tonight, we are all here, excited, to take a few hours -- not more than a few -- to celebrate a medium that comes into our homes to not just entertain us but sometimes educate and often inspire us, somehow in the process putting our own lives in high definition."