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Lauren allowed that he feels pangs of guilt when he sees someone who is sick or injured. That’s why he’s so involved in cancer treatment causes, especially reaching out to patients who can’t afford care, he explained; it’s an effort to give to someone else the opportunity that he had.

In an interview with The Associated Press before he went on stage, he said, “I’ve been doing what I’m doing a long time and I’m here to give back what I can.”

He also said he can’t remember the first time meeting Winfrey but he did grant an interview when she first launched her magazine. They formed a bond. “I once found myself talking to Oprah in my car for an hour. Whenever I see her it’s like I just saw her. That’s a real connection,” he said.

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