Oprah's 'Farewell Spectacular': Tom Hanks, Maria Shriver, Michael Jordan, and Aretha Franklin say goodbye, and we were there!


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After 25 seasons, Oprah Winfrey taped the third- and second-to-last episodes of her iconic talk show in Chicago’s United Center Tuesday night, with 20,000 guests watching — including EW. The episodes, entitled “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” will air May 23 and 24, but why wait? We live-blogged the entire epic event, including surprise guests — Michael Jordan! Aretha Franklin! Maria Shriver! — and guest performances from Beyoncé, Rascal Flatts, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys. Check out our full tick-tock of all the highlights below, and then come back tomorrow morning for our recap of the blessed event. (All times are Central Daylight.)


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4:45 p.m. Outside Chicago’s United Center, where the Bulls were booted from the schedule to make way for Oprah, there are lines, lines, lines. Everywhere the eye can see, there are women huddled up with their girl friends sheilding each other from the cold Chicago wind. Dana Miller is standing alone outside the front entrance with a sign around her neck: “I just need one ticket.” Surprisingly, there aren’t any others like her standing around, thought one man walks by and offers $1,000 for a ticket. Miller tells me she’s not willing to spend too much. “I’ve got two kids at home!” she scoffs. She thinks she’ll get in, though. It’s a large stadium. The room for error is pretty large, she says.

6:35 p.m. Show is getting started and the last time I heard this many females cheering was at a New Kids show in the late ’80s.

6:42 p.m. Peter Walsh and Dr. Laura Berman (the sex doctor) are here. So is now-former Mayor Richard M. Daley with his wife. I think a proposal is about to happen. The show is “all about love,” the producer is saying.

6:44 p.m. Yup, a marriage proposal right in the center of the stage. (She says yes!) The producer keeps reiterating that this is just a giant love fest. It’s a love letter to Oprah and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Also, Jessica Seinfeld is here.

6:50 p.m. Bob Green and Oprah’s first cohost and first producers are here. Wanda Sykes is being called up to the stage. So are Dave Chapelle, Charles Barkley, and Emmitt Smith. Only Emmitt seems to have made it up to the stage. Carlos Boozer, and Tyler Perry, too. But “just wait,” we’re told. “There’s so much magic about to unfold. Hold on to each other… take it all in… give love and receive love.”

6:55 p.m. They’re are Kleenex boxes (Kleenex is a sponsor) under the chairs. Two men from the audience are on stage doing impressions of Oprah introducing celebrities. The crowd loves them. Love fest all around.

6:59 p.m. The “audience team” is being introduced and thanked. They’re women in black pants and and shirts with sparkles. The audience team are audience motivators whose choice method of motivation is dancing.

7:02 p.m. Three more minutes. People are being asked, “Are you gonna cry?” Now, Gayle King and her daughter Kirby are said to be here. The announcer (sorry, I could not hear her name!) tells Gayle she looks gorgeous.

We’re told that we’ve never nor will we ever experience a show like tonight.

7:05 p.m. Supposedly the Harpo people started “transforming” the United Center just after midnight on Monday. For all the talk about setting this place up, it’s pretty stark. There’s a big stage with a catwalk and several screens. And around the perimeter of the stadium are photos of some major moments from the show. But even those are partially obscured by the lighting rigs. In all, it’s a bit underwhelming.

7:09 p.m. The lights just dimmed and the same guys who did the Oprah impressions are dancing on stage with the “audience team.” It seems as if random audience members with floor seats are being asked to come up and dance. The floor is definitely where it’s at, because mostly everyone else is still seated.

7:13 p.m. People on the floor are doing the electric slide in the aisles and the producer says, “Do the electric slide because it feels good!”

7:19 p.m. Show is starting. The deep movie narrator voice announces: “The greatest grandest most spectacular surprise ever with the help of some of the biggest stars on the planet.”

7:20 p.m. Oprah has just stepped on the stage and the crowd on their feet. The energy is palpable. What was underwhelming before has completely transformed.

7:22 p.m. Tom Hanks is onstage with Oprah. He’s saying, “You are surrounded by nothing but love.”

7:26 p.m. A live band is on stage, and I have a feeling the Black Eyed Peas are about to come out. The vocals sounded live as “I’ve Got a Feeling” played.

Now the entire stadium is completely silent as a tribute reel plays. Fans on the video are telling Oprah what the show has done for them. A man says she helped shape him as a man. A woman who’d been in her “darkest days” after her mother and best friend were killed in a car accident by a drunk driver said Oprah taught her how to forgive — and how to figure out her bra size.

7:28 p.m. Tom Hanks: “Again, this night is all about love.” I can’t help but wonder if people are expecting a spiritual experience by being here.

7:29 p.m. Tom Cruise just entered the stage to the music from Mission: Impossible. Get it? Because pulling off this surprise was an impossible mission. Hey ho!

7:32 p.m. America’s Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho is performing in ruby red slippers. Josh Groban immediately follows her with a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Patti LaBelle has just joined him.

7:35 p.m. Oprah is sitting on a white couch with Jackie and Tom Cruise, singing along to LaBelle, and it seems as if the tears are already flowing. She seems genuinely surprised and delighted by all this tribute.

Still no Black Eyed Peas, but I’ve still got a feeling.

7:39 p.m. Tom Hanks seems to be the master of ceremonies. He’s pointing out audience members and how long they’ve been watching the show. He’s just introduced Madonna, “A hardworking mother of four whose flown in from New York City just to be here.”

7:41 p.m. Madonna looks stunning. Perhaps the best I’ve seen her look in years. She tells Oprah that she’s the only person on her “alive” list of people who she looks up to because Oprah is self-made and is “still kicking ass…. She has balls and a wealth of compassion.”

7:43 p.m. Now Madonna is talking about how Oprah staying the course with her academy in South Africa is motivating Madonna with her own academy in Malawi. “I vow to be more courageous and never give up…. Thank you for inspiring me.”

7:47 p.m. Audience member were given white cards to hold up, and now a movie is being projected onto them. Women and girls (and a few men) from around the world — Egypt, China, etc. — are seen holding Os in their countries, telling their stories about how watching Oprah changed their lives. A woman from Afghanistan says she became a talk show host herself. Three of the women have come out onto the stage.

7:53 p.m. Everyone in the audience was given LED finger lights and are now being asked to put them on, but not turn them on while a clips from the show still play. About 50 people didn’t get the message. The stage is being set up with what looks to be a children’s choir. The clips are funny and the audience is laughing, more politely than anything else.

7:56 p.m. Dakota Fanning is with the young people on stage. She says, “We’re Oprah show babies.” They’re not a choir, but young girls telling Oprah what they’ve learned, that “we are enough… our lives have value.” It’s hard not to get a little choked up as a girl no more than six says that Oprah has taught her she can be anything she wants, even president of the United States.


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7:57 p.m. Beyoncé is in the house!

8:00 p.m. Beyoncé’s performing “Run the World (Girls)” and every single person in the stadium is dancing with the lights they were given. Forget the enormous love letter to Oprah; it’s a big old femme-y dance party. Boys, watch out.

8:10 p.m. More Beyoncé: “Oprah Winfrey, because of you, women have graduated to a new level of understanding… of who we can be.” We’re doing another taping of the “Run the World (Girls)” segment.

8:17 p.m. The audience was really into the Beyoncé performance. It was the most excited they got since the beginning of the show. We’re only an hour in (and this thing is supposed to go to 10:30 p.m. at least), so I’m starting to wonder if there’s a saturation point. There are only so many ways you can say, “Oprah, you changed my life,” right?

8:20 p.m. Oprah’s favorite things have all been distributed to the audience and the show’s producers have asked everyone to have them ready. (Oprah’s off stage for this instruction.) Apparently there’s yet another way you can say “thank you” to Oprah. They didn’t really explain how this was going to work during the show prep, except that when cued, everyone is supposed to pull out their “favorite thing” and hold it up in the air.

8:23 p.m. Tom Hanks is back up: “Whatever Beyoncé was signing people up for, I’m signing up!” Oprah: “Those were good quadriceps.”

8:26 p.m. Everyone is holding up a book, to thank Oprah for what she’s done for literacy. Now we’re watching a clip talking about how thanks to Hurricane Katrina, the books in a New Orleans library had to be thrown away. A tornado destroyed it a second time. The library needs books.

8:28 p.m. John Legend is now speaking live from New Orleans at the library. The books in the audience will be donated. Also, Target, in honor of Oprah, helped to stock the library. We’ve apparently moved from the girl power half of the show to the education and literacy segment.

8:29 p.m. Legend just announced that 25 new school libraries will be built around the country by Target in honor of O.

8:30 p.m. Diane Sawyer has just walked out. The audience is decidedly more restrained for this star.

8:33 p.m. Sawyer’s talking about Oprah’s trees. Several screens set up in the middle of the of the stadium to make a 3-D tree. Sawyer talks about how a tree grows and says, “That is like life, that is like you. That is The Oprah Winfrey Show.” So maybe the new Terrence Malick film is about Oprah!

8:34 p.m. 25,000 trees will be planted in honor of the 25 seasons of Oprah.

8:35 p.m. There’s a definite lull in the programming now. The audience is pretty quiet and the aisles have become busy with ladies taking bathroom breaks.

8:37 p.m. Another clip reel, this one of hidden camera gags with Jamie Kennedy. People are watching and laughing, but there’s a low murmur as people talk among themselves.

8:43 p.m. Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes are on the stage now. “We’re more alike than different,” says Berry, who adds that Oprah has taught us that “all pain is the same.” Not entirely sure what that means, but more people inspired by O are being introduced and thanked for philanthropy and charity.

8:46 p.m. More clips as a band sets up on stage. Maya Angelou, who was rumored before the show to be at the United Center too, shows up in the clips, and the audience applauds.

8:55 p.m. At almost two hours into this episode, the taping has really lost some momentum. There are a lot of set changes, and clip reels needed to fill in the time.

8:59 p.m. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are introducing the next act: And it’s Rascal Flatts, performing “I Won’t Let Go” as the audience waves their finger lights like lighters at a real rock concert and sings along. Maybe it’s just personal taste, but the vibe is a bit cheesy. And the energy (both behind the band and in the audience) is too low for such soaring ballads.

9:04 p.m. Oprah: “I feel the love.” All the celebs who’ve been on stage so far are standing behind Oprah. O’s saying thanks to everyone and says again, “I feel the love.”

9:05 p.m. And that ends the first show as Rascal Flats continues to play. Tom Hanks is swaying awkwardly on stage. It’s cute, really.

9:08 p.m. Show producers are telling us, “This is not an intermission” and congratulating a section of the audience in which no one has gotten up. “Serious bladder control.”

“Stand by for a big part two. A big part two. You don’t want to miss this.”

9:10 p.m. This makes me think about that 30 Rock episode where Liz Lemon says how Oprah has inspired her to drink plenty of water and take lots of walks.

9:12 p.m. There are a lot of empty seats now. Perhaps Oprah has inspired them to drink plenty of water and take walks.

9:21 p.m. The audience seems revived. They’re cheering for their seating sections according to their number. Section 314 is winning.

9:25 p.m. The producer is saying, “I feel like I know everyone here. I mean, I don’t know you know you, but I know you because you’ve been a part of our show…. You look so lovely in this lighting.” Hmm… she’s keeping the love alive, I guess?

9:27 p.m. Oprah and Tom Hanks are back on stage. The audience doesn’t seem as excited this time around as they get to their feet.

Oh wait! Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are here.

9:28 p.m. Jada: “Hope your shoes are comfy, because this show is going to have you on your feet.” She earnestly tells Oprah, “I know you don’t have any children of your own, but you have mothered millions. That puts you in the status of a goddess.”

9:29 p.m. We’re in the house that (Michael) Jordan built, and he’s here!

9:30 p.m. Wow. These women are screaming for Michael Jordan. This is the most applause anyone’s received so far.

9:33 p.m. Oprah seems really excited to see MJ. “You ever need me, just call,” he tells her. “If you need a job, I’ve got one for you.” Smith: “See, men also love The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Smith is interviewing a Chicago police officer who “feels” the Oprah show.

9:34 p.m. Jamie Foxx is now telling Oprah how much he loves her. Weird, but the women screamed less for him than they did for MJ.

9:35 p.m. Jamie Foxx is singing “Isn’t She Lovely” to Oprah now and Oprah’s choked up.

9:37 p.m. Stevie Wonder just arrived playing a piano that rose up on stage. The energy is back in the room and every single person is standing and clapping along as Stevie closed out “Isn’t She Lovely?”

9:38 p.m. Wonder: “It may not be appropriate. But I’ve got to do it.” He says he’s written a song to his mother that he never finished, but over the last few days felt like he needed to sing the song to Oprah. She seems genuinely choked up and touched. No tears, though.

9:45 p.m. Will Smith has taken over Tom Hanks’ role for this show and is emceeing, and he just introduced Jerry Seinfeld. “What is this all about?” says Seinfeld. “Oprah, you’ve caught on by now, right? We’re going to figure out just how much one person can take.”

9:47 p.m. Seinfeld: Watching Oprah is the greatest gift a husband-in-training can get. The crowd seems to be enjoying the stand up act. Lots of jokes about marriage.

9:55 p.m. Another clip reel, this one with Chris Rock. I guess we’re in the comedy segment?

9:58 p.m. Will Smith: “Oprah said if this didn’t work out for her, she would have become a 4th grade teacher. You did become a teacher, with the whole world as your classroom.”

And now a teacher is explaining how she uses an Oprah DVD set to teach her students. “I’ve seen the masks come off students in the classroom and become their real selves,” she says.

10:00 p.m. Please welcome Simon Cowell! He’s introducing another musical act who get points for “originality and effort.”

10:02 p.m. It’s Rosie O’Donnell doing an original, silly jazz number. “You saved us from depression when you gave us Dr. Phil” — who’s here! It’s a comedy bit, and she’s introducing people who Oprah made famous, like Nate Berkus (a “cutie patootie”), and Dr. Oz.

10:08 p.m. Jada Pinket Smith and Queen Latifah: “Thanks to Oprah, we’ve got better bras and jeans that make our butts look good.”

10:11 p.m. Maria Shriver (!!!) and Gayle King, two of Oprah’s best girlfriends, have joined O on stage. King keeps talking about how cool the Michael Jordan thing was. The audience agrees.

10:12 p.m. Oprah’s dabbing the sweat off of Gayle’s forehead. Jokes about about hot flashes follow. Shriver: “You’ve given me love, wisdom, and the truth.” The audience cheers loudly at this. Oprah is holding Shriver’s hand (not King’s). Shriver is poised, but Oprah definitely seems to be giving her a little more love than she’s giving Gayle. The fact that Shriver is there the day of the announcement that her husband fathered a child with a member of their household staff — now that is the real power of Oprah.

10:13 p.m. Shriver just introduced Tyler Perry, and then left the stage. Perry totally senses that this audience is tuckering out. He’s telling everyone to “show the love.”

10:18 p.m. Young black men are thanking O for the Oprah Winfrey scholarship on a clip reel. O is really crying now and the audience is giving her a standing ovation. The scholarship recipients have pledged $300,000 of their own money.

10:20 p.m. Kristin Chenoweth is performing for O as the scholarship recipients walk onto the stage. The audience is standing up for them.

10:32 p.m. We’re back into another break as the crew sets up a piano on stage. The audience is getting restless again. During each break, the general crowd noise seems to get a little louder.

10:34 p.m. I think Maya Angelou is on stage now, seated at a stool. Her laugh just gave her away.

10:36 p.m. Pinkett Smith, about Angelou: “Oprah calls her mentor mother, sister friend.” She’s about to perform a poem written for tonight. Alicia Keys is accompanying her on piano.

10:40 p.m. Angelou’s piece is about Oprah’s life. She doesn’t seem terribly prepared, and is lacking her characteristic eloquence, but the poetry is still sweet. Still, the audience is captivated. Keys is playing “Superwoman” softly underneath. “Unplanned and unrehearsed, this big eyed black girl from Mississippi, showed the world how to look at itself…. Call me Oprah, I can, I will, and I shall…”

10:48 p.m. Yet another lull after a pretty special performance. This second taping is really lacking the punch of the opening of the first taping. Lots of clip reels between each set. I can’t help but wonder if the producers ran out of time planning this one or if they just used up all their juice for the opening.

10:50 p.m. Stedman just walked on stage. This is the first time Oprah has shown true surprise! Stedman: Oprah changes people’s lives, but she also takes her lunch to work everyday. She says it’s to save money.

10:52 p.m. Oprah’s crying again.

10:53 p.m. Stedman calls Oprah “sweetheart,” and the audience gives a big “awwww.”

10:54 p.m. He just introduced Aretha Franklin! I think everyone is pretty surprised by this, including Oprah.

10:58 p.m. Franklin is singing a super slowed down version of “Amazing Grace.”

11:00 p.m. Things are picking up now and the audience is back on their feet. Aretha’s talking, but it’s hard to hear what she’s saying over the music and audience clapping.

11:05 p.m. Oprah: “Enough! Aretha and Michael Jordan in the same night!” Will Smith and Tom Hanks are vamping on stage with Oprah. Someone asks, “What was your favorite moment?” Hanks says Stedman, which gets big audience approval.

11:06 p.m. The show is wrapping up. The last surprise is a performance by Usher. Guess I was wrong about the Black Eyed Peas!

11:12 p.m. The show is closing with “Oh Happy Day,” with the last lyric sung as “Oh Oprah’s Day.” Confetti is flying everywhere.

11:15 p.m. So we were promised a surprise spectacular. Did these penultimate tapings of the Oprah show deliver? I’m not certain. It was a lot fun, for sure, and the beginning of the first taping was pretty spectacular. We got two Beyoncé performances, after all. It really delivered on star power. But aside from maybe Michael Jordan, Maria Shriver, and Aretha Franklin, I think a lot most of the celebrities who made an appearance were more-or-less expected. Still, it was a fitting farewell to the city of Chicago, and people seem really satisfied as they’re leaving. The show was rife with gratitude to Oprah for her philanthropy and had far less performances than I’d expected. But over 25 years, the show has been about others. This one was about her.

Read more:
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  • Deepak Chopra

    Oprah! marry me!

    • LOL

      Then she would be Oprah Chopra, LMAO

      • ben

        No, no Oprah Kumari Chopra

      • JJ

        I thought for her final show, she would finally come out of the closet and admit her relationship with Gayle. Instead she brings out her beard (Stedman) again.

      • Good News

        She & Dr Phil wont be missed !:)

      • oprah gurl


    • Obama

      Who’s Oprah? Is she the host of Top Chef?

      • oprah gurl

        What is your problem if you dont know the beautiful wonders of oprah then you are insane oprah is a talk show host thet changed the lives of many people

    • duma

      I LOVE Oprah!

      • All my single ladies, all my single ladies

        That’s your comment? Groundbreaking

      • john

        Yes, only outdone by the profundity of your contribution.

    • Chris

      Dakota Fanning is so pale!

      • Dominic

        That’s Dakota Fanning? I thought it was the old lady from Titanic.

      • xynthai

        What’s wrong with being pale? It’s what she is get over it.

    • tom

      okay i will

      • diana

        hey in what movie you was in it that its called something like save it lives

    • johnc

      This has been long time coming, Oprah’s last episode on network TV.


    • Cheppo

      Note to self — WHO CARES?! Anyone that watches this bloated whale spout her useless nonsense everyday needs to get out of their basement once in a while and get a life. Thank God this enormous egotistical beached whale is leaving television. It is now safe to go back in the water.

      • shayselect

        What type of ailment do you have?

      • Tsquare

        Wow…amazing that someone that doesn’t care took the time to read and comment on this article! Sounds like a “closet Oprah” love to me.

    • Cheppo

      Based on her mad out of control love for Barack Hussein Obama, her name should be Oprah Muhammed Obama. Thanks for 2 decades of corrupting another generation. I wish her all the worst going forward. Bloated fat whale – couldn’t even control how much food she shoved into her own pie hole.

      • Shane Botwin

        Your post confirms the mentality of right wing neocon whack jobs. Like Glenn Beck, you chose to call someone fat instead of making a valid criticism. Keep watching Fox News – you’ll get even more ignorant.

      • JD

        I’m sure you don’t realize how jealous and disgusting you sound.

      • PeachFuzz

        WOW!!! Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes another person with such a dark soul. How can you have such harsh things to say about a person that, 1 you don’t know, 2 you’ll never know, 3 you wish you could know, & 4 you’ll never measure up to. Oprah has been nothing but kind to thousands of people. Guess you’re upset that you weren’t one of them. Hey maybe she’ll let you lick the bottom of her shoes when she’s done with them. Would that make you happy????

      • pol

        bad mind and disgusting that’s what you are.

      • tom

        another racist heard from….it’s a shame that so many ‘haters’ still have not accepted the fact that there’s a black man in the white house. Cheppa..You sound like a trailer park ignorant piece of trash…why not shut your own pie hole?

      • lori

        Well said, Cheppo.

      • Natasha

        Cheppo is NOT wrong! I am a middle aged black woman and I agree. She believes that she is a prophet or a Chosen One and she is just an overweight, older, childless person who got lucky and stayed “lucky” by exploiting other people’s pain and lives. She is false! She promotes false things. And the stuff that she “gives” away? Only from sponsors who want to promote their products. How much of this stuff actually came out of her own pockets? Nope! She is not something or someone special. Only luck and exploitation.

      • vanka

        No middle aged black woman is named Natasha so try again you racist liar!

    • Carlos

      I am so sick of Oprah. I am glad she will be gone.

    • Yulanda

      Madonna looks stunning..agree yeah!

  • Yellowstone

    I saw her show live in May of ’86, and loved it ever since

    • tom

      Oprah was genetically engineered to defeat Donahue and devoured the entire planet of afternoon television.

    • Cheppo

      Then you REALLY need to get a life. Have you ever heard this phony talk about religion. She is more confused than a limping dog in a lion’s cage.

      • PeachFuzz

        More Hate???

      • Yellowstone

        The joke is that her show didn’t premier until September ’86

  • Dominic

    It feels like she’s been leaving for about a billion years. My god, just go already!

    • tom

      Following this week on Oprah will be Remembering Oprah a five part series reflecting on the past couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

    • Leroy

      Have they scheduled the Oprah One Week Reunion Show yet?

    • Ted

      YES! Go away, already. For crying out loud how long can she drag this thing out? We get it, you’re going, goodbye. Plus doesn’t she STILL have her own channel to basically continue doing this on. Please.

      • Rob

        I couldn’t agree more with Ted.
        Go away, and go away right now! PLEASE!
        This woman has the biggest ego on the planet. Why do her fans believe everything she says? Learn to think for yourself!!!

    • tom

      It’s been 1 season….as long as one of the stupid reality shows you probably watch. Damn..so much jealousy and hate.

  • Peanut Brittle

    Remember the time that Ellen was on her show and tripped over an electrical cord? I split my pants!

  • Huh?

    Why all the hub bub over a season finale? You’ll see her next year! Jeesh!

    • mdada

      Its not a season finale!!!! Its her LAST SEASON EVER!!!

      • Huh?

        Omg, next year is her final season?? So that’s why this is her last season finale as next year will be the SERIES finale!?! oMG!

    • jodipo

      really? you cannot figure out that it is the last show they are taping? you are pretty pathetic. Fail troll is fail

      • Jodipo’s Father

        Jodipo’s, will you get off these Oprah blogs and come watch the playoffs with me? Act like a normal 14 year old

      • Ted

        I wanted to watch the playoffs as well. Except, oh yeah, we had to delay the Eastern Conference another day because Oprah, great Chicagoan that she is, opted to screw the Bulls. So long, Op, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

      • bootsycolumbia

        Hey, they won anyway!

      • Jopido’s Grandfather

        Both you and your father need to get out of my basement and get lives. I am sick and tired of your fat as-sses living in my house. Just imagine how much fatter AMERICA is after this bloated whale took to the airwaves in 1986. She is a primary contributor to wives getting fat sitting around the house watching her every day….which of course leads to to divorce because guys don’t want to stay married to a fat as-s. Thanks Orca (the whale) for ruining lives whilst your bank account swelled like the cottage cheese on your rear end — you fat sow.

      • Wonnow

        Jodipo’s Grandfather are you “the antigod” Cheppo?

      • Rock Golf

        Relax. The Bulls winning a playoff game is a several-times-a-year event. A send-off like this occurs only once every 6.25 years.

  • Mike

    I don’t get Oprah, so she can cook, big deal!

  • Ashley I

    I agree. You are my second mother…. Oprah don’t go !

    • Greg

      Uh, you agree with who exactly? Rodney?

    • Tim Peterson

      Amen! I’m with you, my second mom too were long lost siblings! Hi, I’m tim….

    • see ya

      Get a grip. Second mother? You’re living in fantasy land.

    • To Ashley

      You REALLY need to get a life and start thinking for yourself. Quit being a leech on society and start making some contributions. You’re the TYPICAL type who has no indepedent thought and believes everything you hear on the TV — which is why you are a flaming left wing Lib — no independent though whatsoever. Just keep voting the Orca tells you to vote. Loser.

  • Ted

    You get a truck, and you get a truck, and you get a truck!

  • Frank Enstein

    Arrrggghhh, don’t go Ope-uh, I miss you good

  • FRed the stead

    Total bush feast, I’m there!

  • Rolo Tomasi

    Everybody is there looking for something free.

    • j

      I know, right? My mother never watches Oprah at all, but entered a contest to go to this taping, all because she wanted something.

  • love my soaps

    Glad she is going bye

    • CandaceTX

      she won’t be gone long. I am sure she will turn up on her OWN channel. Bet it’s been her plan all along…

  • Sweet

    I really don’t understand why people take the time to click and scroll and type just to be hateful! What need does it satisfy? Why come to an Oprah live blogging post and be negative?! *as I spraying troll be-gone spray*

    • Sir Ivan the Troll

      Cough cough, can’t comment, cough cough, need to leave page, cough cough

    • Ted

      Sorry. From now on we will attempt to limit our comments only to what makes you and Oprah happy at all times. Give me a break. The woman said she was retiring more times than anyone I’ve ever seen and she still has an entire channel devoted to her. Oprah suffers from one problem: she can’t get over the fact not everyone likes her. Sorry they don’t.

      • @Idiot Ted

        She announced her retirement from “The Oprah” show. It’s been on air for 25 years. Even your narrow brain can recognize a milestone moment. From now on, limit your inanity to posts that cater to barely literate 12 year old bolds with a 3 year old mentality. On the other hand, thanks for including an apology before your idiotic comment. It shows someone (perhaps your mama) taught you some manners.

      • Emily

        Maybe he learned those manners from Oprah…

  • Kimpers

    Oprah has a list of celebrity friends. Thats shocking as she held a prime time spot for years, nothing they need more than publicity and psuedo-therapy. What Oprah most likely never surmises is how many of her “friends” wouldn’t speak to her if she didn’t have the spot on television, what use would she be to “them”….
    Oprah’s been a real genius at siphoning information from average consumers…and using “giving” as an imaging technique.

    • Kimper’s Mother

      Wow, Julie, let it go. You can still make it in television.

  • Crady

    Good riddance. One less place for Obama to run when his ratings dip.

    • Heh

      Like when Dubya and other Republitards run to Fixed News?

      • Steve Buscemi

        Wow, let it go!

    • Ted

      Fully agree with this comment. The most annoying thing about both of them is that they just can’t get over the fact not everyone likes them all the time. That and the fact they insist on over-saturating the public. Good riddance to her, I wish he’d go next.

      • PeachFuzz

        Bet you’ll go before they do!!!

    • @Cruddy Crady

      I hope one day you get out of your bubba cave, get an unskilled job you are not qualified for and your boss is a powerful female “nigra” that you can “hate on”. She will, of course, recognize your inherent stupidity and you will be reamed thoroughly. Mayhaps this has already happened – hence the bitterness?

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