We all can remember November 2009 when Oprah Winfrey announced her incredibly successful talk show was coming to an end. And now, after a final farewell season to remember, the last episode of ‘The Oprah Show’ is actually here.
After an extravagant, star-filled tribute the final show is said to be far more subdued than Monday and Tueday’s episodes, with only Oprah speaking to her audience one on one and thanking them for the show’s historic 25 year run. Fans who attended the taping set to air today said that the finale felt like an intimate affair. With only one chair on the stage, Oprah addressed the her audience as well as the millions of television viewers around the world.
One fan, Wanda Nash, 47 of Chicago said that the final hour was a moving experience:
“When she came out, her appearance, the way she stepped on stage and the message she brought about finding yourself, your purpose. It was all about Oprah.”
While celebrities including Tyler Perry, Maria Shriver, Suze Orman and Cicely Tyson were in the audience for the final taping, none joined Oprah on stage. It seems a fitting capstone for Oprah’s career as a daily talk show host, but also will allow fans to follow her into the next chapter of her professional endeavors- most noticeably with her cable network, OWN. The network will be pausing all programming during the airing of the final show, redirecting all viewers to watch the final episode being hailed one of televisions biggest events.
Fans who attended the taping said that at the end of the show Oprah gave her thanks to the Harpo Studios crew and staff. Word is that O’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham received a sweet public display of affection as well, landing a kiss and warm embrace. The show closed with Paul Simon’s ’10 Years’ playing as Oprah told the crowd:
“I thank you for being as much of a sweet inspiration for me as I’ve tried to be for you. I won’t say goodbye. I’ll just say, Until we meet again. To God be the glory.”
Oprah has truly been an inspiration to millions of people around the world and a cosmic force that has shaken and shaped not only media but the cultural landscape as well. With the woman of the hour having the stage to herself, we are waiting with anticipation to hear her emotional final message as host.
What are you thoughts on saying one last goodbye to The Oprah Show? What moment stands out for you and what will you miss most? Share with us Clutchettes and gents!