The Girl Next Door
It's the 10-Year Anniversary of Tom Cruise Jumping on Oprah Winfrey's Couch—Watch to Relive It All Over Again!
by Francesca Bacardi
It has been TEN years since Tom Cruise famously jumped on Oprah Winfrey's couch while declaring his love for then-wife Katie Holmes. Can you believe it?!
It has been a decade since he told Oprah's audience, "I'm in love," before hopping up and down like a madman on that famous gold couch. Do we feel old? Do we feel deceived? Who could've known that the man who was so in love with the Dawson's Creek alum would later get divorced to the subject of his hyperactivities?
Color us surprised about the fallout, but at least the Internet has blessed us with the ability to re-watch this momentous occasion all over again. While watching the video on a loop might make you think he's a little crazy, his actions were entirely out of his excitement and love for Katie.
"She's truly extraordinary," he told Oprah and the riled audience of his then-girlfriend while promoting War of the Worlds.
"Dear God, you are gone," Oprah told him between laughs.
"I'm gone and I don't care," Cruise responded.
With the dawn of YouTube, the clip went viral and even spawned another video, Tom Cruise Kills Oprah, using some graphics and the meme on a loop. His zealous attitude about Katie at the time might have affected the way many perceived the Hollywood A-lister, and even the talk show host later came out and said she felt bad for the way that interview turned out.
"Certainly, I did not think it would turn into the brouhaha that it did," Oprah later told TV Guide Magazine. "I thought it was an expression of delightful exuberance and love that any woman… would be thrilled to have her man jump on a sofa in love with her...I think the use of that clip was really, really unfair."
She refused to re-air the footage afterwards, calling the wave of viral clips "unfair."
Even though they would go on to get married in 2006, many believed the courtship was a farce. An opinion piece in the New York Times called the romance a "lavishly produced freak show, designed to play out in real time, enthusiastically enacted by the biggest star in the business."
The marriage may not have lasted forever, but this video will. Watch the clip above to see Tom Cruise make Oprah's couch debatably more famous than he is."