The Oprah Winfrey Show added Chen Luyu to its list of famous co-hosts from around the world when the two talk show queens hooked up via satellite for the first time on Aug 26. "I was on Oprah's talk show because the world is focusing on China," says Chen, who was the first Asian host invited by Winfrey.
"The cooperation enables Western audiences to know more about China. And I think that Chinese talk shows can be as vibrant as any other country."
Chen took Winfrey and her US audience on a tour through her office, studio and dressing room as well as offering a special guided tour around Beijing's famous Houhai area and the capital's popular 798 art district.
Winfrey was surprised about Chen's most memorable interviews including HIV victims and lesbian couples.
"Chinese people have a wide understanding about Western countries, but it is not the other way around, which causes misunderstanding," Chen says. "I have interviewed more than 3,000 guests who come from various classes and working backgrounds. They tell their stories and my audience shows great respect."