After 25 years of history-making, life-changing television, Oprah hosted the finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday that marked the end of “Oprah Winfrey Show” and also a new start for Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
The talk show queen, who 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, became emotional on her final show.
During her emotional farewell speech, the 57-year-old chat show host told the audience how much they have meant to her and thanked them for being her sweet inspiration.
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 honors any human being can have, she said.
The final episode featured no guests - just Winfrey herself, standing alone on stage. It opened with a clip from her first show, and she then spent the hour showing favorite clips from throughout the years and recounting what she's learned during the show's quarter-century run.
I won't say goodbye, she told fans. I'll just say until we meet again.
I want to be clear that I'm not ending my career in television; that would be foolish and I'd be miserable. The new way of communicating with people isn't just through television. I intend to use every platform to stay in touch, Oprah said, hinting the launch of her very own television network.