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Olympic mittens reach the holy grail: The Oprah Winfrey show

And so we reached the peak of mitten frenzy on Friday afternoon, when Oprah waved her hands adorned in those red mittens that people are surely rioting over by now. The Today Show’s Matt Lauer broke down all the Olympic it items for O via satellite from Vancouver as he gave his pair of mittens away to an excited onlooker. But since it’s all about the US of A, Lauer spent most of the segment shilling the Ralph Lauren Olympic collection (Oprah was wearing a customized polo with her name stitched below the giant logo).

“You think the mittens are hot?” says Lauer. “The hottest item in Vancouver right now is standing right next to me…Evan Lysacek.” We kind of tuned out after that.

But since this is Oprah, before the commercial break she said that she spoke with Hudson’s Bay Company and proclaimed, “Not only do I have the mittens, but everyone in the studio audience is getting a pair!” Little elves carrying dozens of mitts then entered the studio amid the orgasmic audience.

Now we know who to blame for the mitten shortage.