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See Oprah's Entire Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Themed Episode from 1990

Originally posted 05/14/2014 03:00PM

Now that Oprah Winfrey sits at the top of a vast media empire rivaled in glory only by the splendor of Imperial Rome, it's sometimes hard to remember that she started her career as the host of a humble daytime talk show, a job that required her occasionally to do silly things like hang out with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

That's not a metaphor. In 1990, Winfrey played host to live-action versions of the famous fighting terrapins, giving away an entire hour to the foursome as they sang, danced and lectured children on the importance of literacy, all to promote their Coming Out of Their Shells tour.

Footage of the Turtles' appearance was thought to be lost to history until Tumblr user Uncanny Brett White discovered a VHS copy of the episode and uploaded it to YouTube on Sunday.

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Watch James Avery Talk About Voicing Shredder in the Ninja Turtles Cartoon

Originally posted 01/02/2014 10:00AM

As pop-culture obsessives and children of the 1990s mourn the passing of James Avery, aka Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, it's important to remember that Avery was the soul of another iconic '90s character.

He was the voice of Shredder on the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, and we can never, ever forget that.

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