Oprah on Cleveland: ‘This is a really religious town’

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HOLLYWOOD, California — If you watched “Jimmy Kimmel Live” before game 6 of the N.B.A. Finals on Thursday night you learned two things about former talk show host Oprah Winfrey: She comes to Cleveland for her annual checkup and she isn’t a big N.B.A. fan.

“Are you watching the N.B.A. Finals? Is this something you care about?” Kimmel asked Winfrey during her appearance on his show.

“Watching? I will be watching tonight,” Winfrey said. “Because I think this is the one.”

“Every year I go to Cleveland for my annual checkup. And, uh, you just want to keep the same doctors, right?” Winfrey explained.

She was in Cleveland when the Cavaliers were down two games in the Finals, but knew nothing about what was going on.

“So I arrived at the airport and I say to someone ‘How are you?’ and they say ‘We’re just praying,'” Winfrey explained.

“And then i get to the hospital and I’m getting ready to get my robe on and I say to the lady ‘How are you?’ and she says ‘Prayin” and then she does the sign of the cross. And I think, this is a really religious town. Everybody you run into is praying. It took me a while,” Winfrey said.

“Then I went in with my doctor to get the whole elctrocardiogram thing going on and they’re doing ‘We’re just praying,'” Winfrey said.

She said she finally asked, “Why is everyone praying?”

That’s when they explained that the Cavs were down two games in the Finals.

“They just wanted to make sure you’re healthy,” Kimmel joked.

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