Fear of chewing gum Oprah, daytime TV queen, terribly afraid of chewing gum. It began as a child when her grandmother collected chewing gum and laying them in a row on the table. Oprah was so unpleasant that she began to fear gum. Once she threw a plate, because it was a piece of gum! Oprah also banned all chew gum in the studio. Surprisingly, everyone goes to meet her and try not to give a reason for fear.