How do you say goodbye after 25 years?
Oprah's emotional finale has arrived, and the talk show superstar and television pioneer thanked her audience, saying, "I won't say goodbye. I'll say, until we meet again."
"The Oprah Show" has reached its final hour after 4,561 shows that have touched lives and impacted millions of people around the world. "I never missed a single day because you were here. God is life and your life is always speaking to you. This is my love letter to you," Winfrey said to her viewers on the final show, adding, "You and this show have been the great love of my life."
A farewell would not be complete without a trip down memory lane, and Oprah laughed looking back at her wild fashion statements from the '80s. "My big hair! Whoa! And earrings the size of napkins!"
Among the 13,000 audience members at United Center were some celebrity fans who expressed their appreciation for Ms. Winfrey. Matt Damon told "Extra," "I'm amazed. I don't remember life without Oprah."
Aside from the millions of fans and celebrity admirers whose lives have been influenced by the megastar host, Lady O has helped her team of experts to spread their wings from "The Oprah Show." Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Phil McGraw, Suze Orman, Nate Berkus, Kathy Freston and Rachael Ray have experienced success in their own TV shows -- and have Oprah to thank for it. "Extra" also recalled when Oprah helped kick-off our 1994 show debut!
Helping Americans get healthy one show at a time, Dr. Oz said, "Oprah's legacy is the people she trained. It's Phil, it's me, it's Nate." The famous doc sent a special message to Oprah: "I love you dearly. Thank you so much for trusting me, for giving me the trust of so many of our viewers. Thank you for teaching me things I needed to hear as a man, a husband, as a surgeon, and as a human being."
See the waterworks begin on today's last "Oprah Show"!