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02/20/2014 08:59 am ET | Updated Feb 20, 2014

Oprah Gets Personal About Loneliness: People Want 'To Be Validated'

Piers Morgan scored an interview with the one and only Oprah on Wednesday.

The former daytime diva appeared on his CNN show via satellite to discuss her new initiative "Just Say Hello," which strives to help people combat loneliness.

"Have you had periods of real genuine loneliness in your life, do you think?" Morgan asked Oprah.

"Absolutely not," she said. "I am really happy being with myself." She attributed it to growing up as her grandmother's only grandchild, and being content "with [herself] and with books" as a kid.

Oprah, however, emphasized the real need to combat loneliness. "I learned that early on is that every human being... is looking for one thing and that is to be validated, to be seen and to be heard," she added. She said that almost every interview she did on her daytime show ended in someone asking ,"is that OK?"

She continued: "I started to see that pattern and what I realize is that everybody is looking for the same thing no matter -- if it's, you know, politicians, senators, presidents, Beyonce and all of her Beyonceness are all looking to know, 'Did you see me, did you hear me and did what I say mean anything to you.' So just saying hello is a way of validating even a stranger."

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