Oprah Says Goodbye After 25 Years
MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:
The queen of daytime television is saying good-bye. The final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs today, ending the 25-year run of one of the most successful TV programs in American history. The show also boasts what may be the longest finale in TV history. Oprah's farewell spectacular is a three- parter. Monday and Tuesday's episodes were taped at Chicago's United Center. Stars including Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin made special appearances. And Oprah's longtime partner, Stedman Graham, also shared some words.
LOUISE KELLY: It really does amaze me that I get to be around a woman who changes people's lives - and who also takes her own lunch to work.
(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)
LOUISE KELLY: Fans who attended yesterday's taping gave hints of what's to come on today's broadcast. They reported that Winfrey appeared alone on her Chicago stage, with tears in her eyes as she said farewell.
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