Remembering 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'

Robert Siegel and Michele Norris mark Oprah Winfrey's last afternoon talk show with a montage by producer Steve Proffitt of highlights of her 25 years on the air.

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

And on television, it's the end of an era. Today, the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" logged its last episode. Winfrey began the program with a monologue about what the show has meant to her over 25 years.

(Soundbite of TV show, "The Oprah Winfrey Show")

Ms. OPRAH WINFREY (Host, "The Oprah Winfrey Show"): Every day that I stood here, I knew that this was exactly where I was supposed to be, and there was many a day, like so many of you, I came to work bone tired. And I often joked with my makeup team, my face is still in Cleveland, y'all. Can you get it to Chicago by 9 o'clock?

(Soundbite of laughter)

NORRIS: Oprah gave us countless memorable moments over that 25-year run, and we thought we'd remember just a few of them now.

(Soundbite of TV show, "The Oprah Winfrey Show")

Unidentified Man #1: Oprah Winfrey, until three months ago, most Americans have never heard of her.

Ms. WINFREY: I have a gift.

I need pantyhose.

Unidentified Man #2: Did I pronounce your name correctly, Oprah...

Ms. WINFREY: You did.

Unidentified Man #2: ...Oprah Winfrey?

Ms. WINFREY: It's Harpo backwards, you know? Harpo backwards.

Unidentified Woman #1: I love Harpo. God knows I do.

Ms. WINFREY: Air Force One has landed in Chicago.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

Ms. WINFREY: The show became my life.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. WINFREY: The reason why I didn't have children and don't regret having children is because the show became my life.

And (unintelligible) woo, woo, woo, woo, woo...

It became my life.

John Kennedy, Mariah.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

Ms. WINFREY: Please welcome (unintelligible).

Unidentified Man #3: Uma, Oprah.

Unidentified Man #4: Oprah, Oprah, Oprah.

Ms. WINFREY: Tom Cruise is here. I'm in love.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

Unidentified Woman #2: Oprah is my dearest friend.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Unidentified Man #5: (Unintelligible) Oprah has been on your show, hasn't she?

Unidentified Woman #3: Oprah has been on "30 Rock."

Unidentified Woman #4: Oh, my God, would you say please welcome (unintelligible)?

Ms. WINFREY: No.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

Ms. WINFREY: Somewhere, I have always known that I was born for greatness in my life. Somewhere, I have always felt it.

This is a feat that's never been done before. Our set today is made out of 100 percent pure Godiva chocolate.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

Unidentified Man #6: You couldn't smuggle sunrise by a rooster if we're paying attention.

Ms. WINFREY: How do you smuggle sunrise?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. WINFREY: Sixty-seven pounds since July 7th...

It's called a tweet.

Unidentified Woman #5: Tweet.

Ms. WINFREY: OK. OK. Here goes my first one. OK. Here we go.

Inside one of these boxes is a key. Do not open it yet.

You think I'm mad at you?

Unidentified Woman #6: Yeah.

Ms. WINFREY: I thought you were mad at me.

What's the name of the show? "Oprah Show."

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. WINFREY: It was about a year and a half ago when I first met Madonna.

(Soundbite of cheering)

Ms. WINFREY: You can call(ph). You can call. You can call. You can call. You can call.

These years with you, our viewers have enriched my life beyond all measure.

You betrayed millions of readers.

Unidentified Man #7: Every one of the people in the book existed.

Ms. WINFREY: As great as the past 25 years have been, I think it was just the beginning.

Hugh Jackman...

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

Ms. WINFREY: He's in the building.

(Soundbite of cheering)

NORRIS: "Oprah Winfrey Memories" produced by Steve Proffitt of "The Madeleine Brand Show" at member station KPCC.

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