Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oprah Winfrey bids emotional farewell in last ever show

Oprah Winfrey brought the house down with an emotional farewell speech during her last ever show.

The talk show queen has interviewed about 30,000 guests during her 25-year reign on daytime TV, and is reported to have never missed a single day’s work in all that time.

The final taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show took place yesterday in Chicago.

In a sneak online preview of the hour-long show, Winfrey tells the audience: “Every single day I came down from my make-up room or elevator, I would offer a prayer of gratitude or delight for the privilege of doing this show.

“Gratitude is the single greatest treasure I will take with me from this experience – the opportunity to have done this work. To be embraced by all of you, watched, is the one of the greatest honours any human being can have.”

During her emotional farewell speech, the 57-year-old chat show host tells the audience how much they have meant to her and thanks them for being her “sweet inspiration”.

She says: “I’ve been asked many times during this farewell season, is ending the show bittersweet? Well I say… all sweet. No bitter. And here’s why. Many of us have been together for 25 years. We have hooted and hollered together, had our ‘Aha!’ moments. We ugly cried together and we did our gratitude journals.

“So I thank you all for your support and your trust in me and for sharing this yellow brick road of blessings. I thank you for tuning in every day along with your mothers and your sisters and your daughters, your partners – gay and otherwise – your friends and all the husbands who got coached into watching Oprah.

“I thank you for being as much a sweet inspiration to me as I’ve tried to be to you. I won’t say goodbye – I’ll just say until we meet again.”

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