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Over the weekend, Oprah shared a short video on Instagram setting the record straight about fraudulent ads that feature her endorsement of weight loss gummies. “And so it happened to me again today,” Oprah told her 21.6 million followers in the clip. “A woman came up to me and said, ‘Can you help me get your weight loss gummies?’ And I said, ‘Ma’am, I don’t have anything to do with weight loss gummies. And let me just tell you, you’re the fifth person this week to mention it, so I’m going to address it.’”
She continued, “There have been social media ads, emails, and fake websites going out, and I want you to hear it straight from me that I have nothing to do with them. Please don’t be taken advantage of, and don’t give your personal information to them.”
Back in 2015, Oprah made headlines when she partnered with WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) and has always been candid about her own weight loss journey. But gummies that claim to shed unwanted pounds are not part of her journey—despite the fact that some companies falsely advertise these products using Oprah’s name and image.
In a statement to Oprah Daily, a spokesperson for Oprah said: “There is a company placing fraudulent ads claiming Oprah Winfrey is selling weight loss gummies, using a variety of methods including websites, texts, emails, and social media posts targeting consumers. These ads are false, Oprah Winfrey does not have anything to do with these products. We are working to have the fraudulent use of her name and image stopped.”
Watch Oprah’s Instagram message above to hear her important message–and if you come across any of these ads, remember: They are fraudulent!
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