If you think you're excited about Oprah Winfrey's interview with pop diva Whitney Houston -- scheduled as the debut show of her 24th season on Monday -- Oprah herself is pretty ecstatic about it. She says it's "the best interview I've ever done."
"My approach to this interview was to not be judgmental in any way, and not to go in trying to get her to say things to make a 'moment,'" Winfrey says in a statement released ahead of today's Michigan Avenue bash.
"I just wanted to be able to have an honest conversation with her," Winfrey continued. "One woman to another woman. And the day of the interview I literally prayed about that all day long. I just wanted a connection between the two of us. And that is what happened. And that is why I believe it's one of the most, if not the most, powerful interviews I've ever done."
The Whitney interview will kick off "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at 9 a.m. Monday on WLS-Channel 7. It's being called the "premiere" of the new season -- but there are two new episodes airing this week. The star-studded show she taped before a throng of crazed fans this evening on Michigan Avenue will air at 9 a.m. Thursday, and Friday's show will be a recap of "summer newsmakers."