Oprah Winfrey earned $12 million for just sending out a tweet stating that she eats bread. Winfrey reportedly made that much money on Tuesday, January 26 after posting a video about her Weight Watchers journey that send company shares soaring to more than 16 percent, according to ABC News.
Winfrey, 61, owns roughly 6 million shares, or 10 percent of its stock, banking $12 million. In the clip, Oprah reveals that she eats bread every day — and is still burning calories. “Eat bread. Lose weight. Whaaatttt? #ComeJoinMe,” she captioned the post.
Oprah Winfrey became a spokesperson for Weight Watchers last October. “Weight Watchers has given me the tools to begin to make the lasting shift that I and so many of us who are struggling with weight have longed for,” she said in a statement at the time. “I believe in the program so much, I decided to invest in the company and partner in its evolution.”
“This is the joy for me. I love bread! I love bread. I now just manage it,” she adds in the video. “I have bread every day. That’s the genius of this program! I have lost 26 pounds.”
Weight Watchers has also made changes to its plans to better fit in with Winfrey’s message of living a healthy and happier life, and not just focusing on weight loss.
Previous celebrity spokespeople have included Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Hudson and Sarah Ferguson.
Back in October, Oprah Winfrey lifted the stock out of the sub-$7 doldrums after paying $43 million in cash for her stake in the company, along with a board seat and stock options. Weight Watcher’s shares are up nearly 100% since Winfrey acquired her stake in October. The stock, however, is still down about 20% from 12 months ago and is 52% off a 52-week high of $28.05 set back in November.
There are skeptics who say that some of the diet plans are scams. According to one tabloid, who did an investigation into the ladies’ dieting and weight loss, both Kirstie Alley and Oprah Winfrey have undergone multiple surgeries to slim down. These surgeries included liposuction.
Kirstie is known as a “yo-yo dieter.” The source revealed that Dr. Stuart Fischer talked about that kind of diet, saying, “Yo-yo dieting wreaks havoc on your metabolism. Don’t even do it once — Kirstie is in danger of serious health issues.” Dr. Alan Matarasso talked about Oprah to the tabloid, saying, “Oprah looks as if she’s possibly had some plastic surgery to slim down her neck and add definition to her cheekbones.”
There is no evidence that Oprah Winfrey had plastic surgery to slim down her neck. But chances are that both Oprah and Kirstie have participated in the Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig programs that they represent.