'Oprah' team announces plans for final episodes

The third- and second-to-last installments of The Oprah Winfrey Show will tape at Chicago’s United Center on May 17 to accommodate “the biggest names in movie, music and TV,” Harpo Prods. announced today. Even Oprah Winfrey doesn’t know who will attend “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” that’s been in the works for weeks at Harpo.

“As most of our viewers know, being surprised is not one of Oprah’s favorite things,” said Sheri Salata, executive producer, in a statement. “In the spirit of our farewell season, she is making a rare exception and we intend to make the most of the opportunity. It will be something to see!”

The two-parter will air May 23 and May 24. The final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show will air May 25.

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  • Gus

    Oprah, how will we miss you if you won’t go away? Good bye already.

    • Loyalty

      Yeah Gus, my sentiments too. Really this farewell tour is the longest and most self-serving ever. Geez Oprah – let us miss you a bit – do it now so I can say a prayer and shed a tear for you.

    • @ Gus

      She can’t go away if her season isn’t over yet.

    • stu

      So the final show will be all bout O! Kiss ass hollyweird peeps will be on hand to boast O ego even more.

    • Trish

      Oh goodie. two shows of celebs all coming to Chicago to bow to Queen Oprah. that outta be entertaining (NOT).

      Notice you never hear a word about the long lost sister. I guess she was only worthy to stimulate ratings and then banished from the set.

      • Markie

        What else do you need to hear? She’s her sister not a trick pony.

  • Tye-Grr

    Surprise!! They donate all of her savings to my bank account!

    I wish for this on a star every single night.

    • Maureen

      LOL!! ;)

  • KC

    I wonder if she submitted an order to her personal chef to have vats of macaroni and cheese on standby when her OWN network flops.

    • Bob

      Nah. OWN isn’t going to go anywhere. It’ll limp along for a long time, just like all of the other fringe cable networks. She’ll just have to pump more of her billions into keeping it afloat. She can always revive her talk show to pump up the network.

  • UGH

    I cannot wait until “the queen” is off the air.

    • Trish

      are you talking about Oprah or someone from Glee?

  • dw

    Wow, lots of haters in here! Why would you read an article about Oprah if you don’t like her? Move on & spew your hatred elsewhere.

    • UGH

      We’re trying to educate you.

      • Markie

        I think you’re the one who should go back to school.

  • Mark

    Here’s my pool:
    Kate & William
    Tom Cruise
    John Travolta
    Denzel Washington
    Bill Clinton
    Jay Z

    • Piper

      DOn’t forget Maya Angelou, Beyonce, and Stedman will make an appearance.

    • Tom

      And mine…
      Julia Roberts
      Tom Cruise (with Katie Holmes)
      Steven Spielberg (her first director)
      Tina Turner
      David Letterman
      Carol Burnett
      Mary Tyler Moore
      Elton John
      Tyra Banks (okay not cream of the crop but there nonetheless)
      John Travolta (I would be more shocked if he DIDN’t show up for this)

    • Cat

      Don’t forget
      Hallie Berry
      Tyler Perry
      Josh Groban
      Jennifer Aniston
      Lisa Marie Presley

      • Dave

        Mary J. Blige
        Ricky Martin
        Mariah Carey (if she can make it).
        Jennifer Hudson (if all is forgiven).
        Will & Jada
        Will.i.am (sigh)
        Celine Dion
        Chris Rock
        Michael Jordan

      • S.

        Toni Morrison

    • Pattimac

      Did anyone mention Sydney Poitier? And I’m sure the Nobamas will make an appearance, even if only via satellite.

      • Elizabeth

        You seemed to have made an error, Patty–the name of the gentleman elected President of our country is “Obama.” God Bless!

  • MP

    I think it will be easier to list the celebs who WON’T show up.

  • chase

    I’m thinking Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Gandhi,& William Shakespeare.

  • Erica

    They should have it rain Cheetos® on the finale instead of confetti.

    • Wonderbra

      Oh Erica. Simple minded, dimwitted Erica. You should get caught in a rainstorm of cotton balls. I wouln’t want the sting of actual raindrops to damage your undeveloped cerebral cortex.

  • Greg

    Who cares????Please please go away and never ever come back…With all taht money….and u are still as heavy as ever!!!!!Go run away with Obama….I am not racist as my bf is black….

    • @Greg

      Just stupid.

  • Rob

    They’ve got Jesus to appear on the last show, and the ending will be Oprah ascending into heaven with Him to take her rightful place seated on the thrown next to God. Then Pope Benedict will beatify her as a saint, on a faster fast-track than he gave to John Paul II.

    • Sheryl

      Defending pedophile priests probably didn’t help the Pope too much.

    • 867-5309

      OMG – lmaoooo!!! Thank you Rob for that priceless and so accurate comment!

  • run and tell that!

    I’m crossing my fingers for Antoine Dodson to show. that would be worth watching!

  • Wanda Gibbons

    Would be a dream come true to see Oprah live again. Last time was Obama campaign in Dubuque, IowA.

  • JohnJ

    IT’S OBAMA!!!

  • Diane

    And Stedman and Gayle.

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