Wednesday, May 25, 2011

'There are no words to match this moment': Oprah Winfrey takes her final bow after 25 years as reigning chat show queen


Goodbye: Oprah Winfrey bade farewell to her talk show today after 25 years giving fans a 'love letter' in thanks for their support over the years

Oprah Winfrey ended her famous talk show today by telling her viewers of 25 years that they were not saying goodbye.

'I'll just say until we meet again,' the 57-year-old mogul said.

She hugged and kissed her long term partner Stedman Graham and shook hands with audience members before walking through the halls of Harpo Studios in Chicago, hugging and crying with her staff.

Feeling the love: The 57-year-old walked on stage to a standing ovation from her studio audience that was filled with her 'ultimate viewers'

Winfrey shouted 'We did it!' as the last shot of the finale showed Winfrey walking away with her cocker spaniel, Sadie.

Earlier she had walked on stage to a standing ovation from her studio audience. She thanked the viewers for watching her for a quarter of a century.

Heartfelt: Oprah was on stage alone for the duration of the show where she said that 'there are no words to match this moment'

'Twenty-five years and I'm still saying, "Thank you America,"' Winfrey said. 'Thank you so much. There are no words to match this moment.'

Excited: Hundreds of fans waited outside Oprah's Harpo Studios in Chicago yesterday to catch a glimpse of the media mogul on her last day

Queen of Talk: A dedicated fan paid her own tribute to the talk show host who has touched the hearts of many viewers in the past quarter of a century

First day: Oprah debuted her nationally syndicated show in 1986 and it has gone on to make her a self-made billionaire

What a send off: Winfrey's final show on will air on Wednesday. From left Oprah on stage with guests including Tom Hanks, Queen Latifah, Madonna, Dakota, Halle, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

The final taping nevertheless had its share of celebrities in the audience including Tyler Perry, Maria Shriver, Suze Orman and Cicely Tyson. None of them joined Winfrey on stage.

There were 404 audience members, according to Harpo Productions. The show received 1.4 million ticket requests throughout its final season.

Oprah will now be based in California at her Montecito home. She will focus her efforts on her new network, OWN which launched in January.

Raw Video: Oprah Says 'Until We Meet Again'

source: dailymail

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