How Tom Cruise Jumping on Oprah’s Couch Changed Everything

Never again would he be dreamboat Tom Cruise, universally beloved celebrity.

Ten years ago, a media event took place that changed the public’s perception of one of its most beloved stars. And while he has continued to see success, his image has never recovered — and it’s possible it never will. I’m referring of course to the jump heard ’round the world: Tom Cruise’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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Freshly in love with Katie Holmes, a relationship long speculated to be the result of a “wife search” sanctioned and lead by the Church of Scientology, Cruise visited his friend Oprah — and a very on-board audience who loved every moment of the interview — and discussed his newfound happiness. And he did so by grabbing Oprah’s hands, standing on the couch, and retrieving Holmes from backstage to show off his prize.

Some things go viral and when we look back years later, we see they weren’t such a big deal. This is not one of those things. This is just as awkward as it was in 2005.

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