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Melissa Rycroft Wins "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars"

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- TV personality Melissa Rycroft won the Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars championship Tuesday night, taking home the Mirror Ball trophy and bragging rights as the popular reality show’s champion of all champions.

When co-host Tom Bergeron announced Rycroft and her partner Tony Dovolani had won, Dovolani started jumping and cheering. The pair was soon surrounded by other members of the cast. They were hugged, kissed and lifted into the air.

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson took second place, and actress Kelly Monaco was third.

The three women made it to the final three following 10 weeks of fierce competition featuring complicated and unusual routines. They comprised the first all-female finale in 15 seasons of Dancing with the Stars.

Rycroft had topped the leader board going into Tuesday night’s finale. She earned perfect scores for her two performances on Monday, finishing with a total of 60 points. Monaco followed with 59 points, and Johnson was third with 57.

Tuesday night's show opened with the entire season-15 cast doing a routine. Then the finalists and their partners chose music and dance styles and had less than one hour to rehearse an instant dance. The scores from those dances were added to their totals from Monday night. Viewer votes were added to the two-night totals. The viewer votes counted for half the combined score.

Rycroft had the highest combined score of viewer votes and judges’ scores.

Tuesday's Instant Dances:

Melissa Rycroft: The TV personality danced a samba to the song “Life Is a Highway.” She and partner Dovolani have done well with sambas this season, and one of her perfect scores Monday was for a samba, but judges were not as impressed with Tuesday night’s samba.

Judge Bruno Tonioli said she had done a great job to difficult music, while Carrie Ann Inaba felt Rycroft was “a little bit behind the music.” Head judge Len Goodman agreed that the performance hadn’t been as impressive as her other samba, but said of Rycroft’s overall performance, “You’ve been my greatest pleasure to watch. You’ve been fantastic.” Total score: 28.5 out of a possible 30. Overall score, including Monday's performances: 88.5 out of a possible 90.

Shawn Johnson: The Olympic athlete and her partner Derek Hough drew a cha cha cha to the song “Respect,” and they earned a standing ovation for the routine.

Tonioli said Johnson was going out “with a bang," adding, "That was a grand finale! Perfection!” Inaba said Johnson started and ended the season a star, and Goodman added, “Derek has thrown some fantastic choreography at you. Whatever you’ve got, you’ve coped with...I tell you, that was fantastic.” Total score: 30/30. Overall score: 87/90.

Kelly Monaco: The actress and Val Chmerkovskiy, her pro partner, danced a jive to the song “Cat and Mouse.” The judges were impressed with the routine.

Inaba said it was “fantastic,” and while Tonioli thought Monaco’s balance was off at times, he said the routine was magnificent. Goodman agreed. “You’re clear, you’re crisp, your spins are fantastic, you’ve comes out here and you’ve really gone for this,” he said. “You’ve nailed the footwork, you’ve worked hard. Well done!” Total score: 28.5/30. Overall score: 87.5/90.

Before the final three performed their final dances, the audience was entertained with routines from the celebrities who were eliminated during the season: Pamela Anderson, Kirstie Alley, Drew Lachey, Joey Fatone, Gilles Marini, Bristol Palin, Sabrina Bryan, Helio Castroneves, Emmitt Smith and Apolo Anton Ohno.

Others from the cast performed a group dance to “Gangnam Style” – reprising a routine that has become a highlight of the All-Stars season. The cast also gave an encore of another standout performance of the season — a group dance set to the hit “Call Me Maybe.”

The Finalists’ "Dancing" History:

Rycroft, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who gained fame as a contestant on The Bachelor, had been a last-minute cast addition on season 8 of Dancing with the Stars. She replaced contestant Nancy O’Dell, who injured her knee just days before the season premiere. Rycroft and Dovolani placed third that season.

Johnson, who has four Olympic medals to her name, was the season-8 champion. She narrowly defeated French actor Gilles Marini.

Monaco, who appears on ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital, won the very first season of Dancing with the Stars, but her win wasn’t without controversy.

When she was declared the winner -- over actor John O’Hurley -- fans were outraged. O’Hurley had been a favorite during the season and many viewers believed he deserved to win. The show staged a “rematch” between Monaco and O’Hurley to benefit charity. O’Hurley barely edged Monaco out to win that dance-off.

This was the 15th season of ABC’s popular reality dance competition, but the first featuring contestants who had performed in regular seasons of Dancing with the Stars.
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"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars": Melissa Rycroft Leads into Finale

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Shawn Johnson, Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco battled it out Monday night on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars in the first all-female finale in the ABC program’s history.

Each finalist performed two routines, one of which was an elaborate freestyle. For the other performance, they each got to choose the style of dance that they felt best showcased their skill.

At the end of Monday's show, Rycroft topped the leader board after earning two perfect scores. Monaco followed one point behind, with Johnson a close third.

The three women will dance one more time during Tuesday’s finale results show. They will pick the music and style for their instant dances during the show. Judges will score their performances, and those scores will be added to Monday's totals and viewers’ votes.

The Mirror Ball trophy will be presented to the finalist with the highest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes.

First Routine:

Kelly Monaco: The General Hospital star chose to reprise her week 3 paso doble. Even though she missed her partner’s hand during a spin early on in her routine, judges approved.

“You can always ignite drama, you always have power but what I saw tonight was artistry and polish...,” judge Bruno Tonioli said, commending her for recovering after the “slight mishap with the hand.”

Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman told Monaco Monday's paso doble was her best dance yet. Total score: 29.5 out of a possible 30 points.

Melissa Rycroft: The TV personality gave an encore of her samba, and again won rave reviews from the judges.

Goodman, the head judge, dubbed Rycroft the “carnival queen,” adding, “you captured the party flavor of the samba. Great technique, great rhythm. Fabulous!”

She topped her earlier samba performance, which earned her 27 points. Total score: 30/30.

Shawn Johnson: The Olympian and her partner, Derek Hough, reprised their electrifying quickstep that broke the rules of hold the first time they did it. They chose to break the rules again Monday, deciding it was more important to entertain fans than to please judges, and the judges definitely disapproved.

Inaba acknowledged the routine as being “fantastic,” but said she was sad that the pair chose not to follow the rules, telling them that points mattered at this point. Goodman agreed, adding: “You’re not allowed to break hold which, you did. You’re not allowed to do lifts, which you did. You leave me nowhere to go.”

Tonioli commended the pair for having always pushed the boundaries this season, but said “our scores are bound by the rules, but it takes nothing away from your achievement.” Total score: 27/30.

The "Supersized" Freestyles:

Kelly Monaco: Monaco’s freestyle featured a Dirty Dancing-themed routine that opened with her performing an aerial dance.  The rest of the performance featured extra dancers from the Dancing with the Stars Troupe, plus a chorus of gospel singers.

Goodman said the routine lacked a little originality, but he praised the lifts and said “the opening was spectacular.” Tonioli enjoyed the chemistry and what he called the mix of Cirque du Soleil with Dirty Dancing.

Inaba said everyone has watched Monaco and partner Val Chmerkovskiy grow as a couple -- and while she wasn’t sure they were a real couple or not, she said she enjoyed the routine. “You added artistry and you told us a happy ending to a beautiful love story and I thought it was wonderful,” she said.

When the show’s co-host, Brooke Burke-Charvet, asked the pair about the status of their relationship, Monaco demurred, saying there was still another day of interviewing to do. Total score: 29.5/30.

Melissa Rycroft: Her contemporary-inspired freestyle routine with partner Tony Dovolani earned Rycroft the highest of feedback from the judges: a perfect score.

Goodman said the routine had passion. Tonioli said Rycroft has “fantastic extensions, beautiful lines, sculptural positions, musicality and lyricism,” finishing with: “You were a gem!” Inaba said Rycroft took “humongous risks, and with great risk comes great reward. Freestyle jackpot!” Total score: 30/30.

Shawn Johnson: Backed by the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team on the dance floor, Johnson’s high-flying freestyle brought the ballroom audience surging to its feet.

Goodman said the routine was a medley of the best of the pair’s routines from the season, dubbing it a “gold-medal performance.” Inaba said the dance was “supersized and sensational!” Tonioli found it “fierce, flawless, exciting, explosive and brilliant.” Total score: 30/30.

The Scores (First Routine; Freestyle: Total):

Melissa Rycroft: 30; 30: Total: 60
Kelly Monaco: 29.5; 29.5: Total: 59
Shawn Johnson: 27; 30: Total: 57

The Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars finale airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol'

Michael Becker / FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Phillip Phillips was crowned the season 11 American Idol champion on Wednesday night's results show. More than 132 million votes came in after Tuesday's performance show -- a new Idol record. Jessica Sanchez is this season's runner up. Phillip was overcome with emotion performing his winner's song "Home" as the show ended.

Before the results were revealed, Jessica and Phillip sang the Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes duet "Up Where We Belong."

The top 12, minus Jessica and Phillip, opened the show with a group performance of Bruno Mars' "Runaway Baby." Phillip teamed up with John Fogerty to sing Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," which he performed earlier in the season. They followed it up with the CCR staple "Bad Moon Rising."

Jessica later revisited Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," the song she first made a big impact with earlier in the season. She returned for a real show-stopping performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls with the woman who sang it originally on Broadway, Jennifer Holliday.

Joshua Ledet teamed up with Fantasia for a duet on the early Elton John song "Take Me to the Pilot." Joshua was called "Mantasia" for most of the season, so this duet was a big moment for Idol fans.

The ladies of the top 12 sang Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody" and "Through the Fire" before Chaka joined them on "I'm Every Woman." The guys of the top 12 sang Neil Diamond's "America," "Cracklin' Rosie" and "I'm a Believer" before Neil joined them for "Sweet Caroline."

The top 12 also poked fun at judge Randy Jackson's overused phrase about good singers being able to sing the phone book by actually singing the phone book in a funny skit.

In tribute to the late Robin Gibb, the top 12 guys sang a Bee Gees medley that included "Words," "How Deep Is Your Love," "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" and "To Love Somebody."

Rihanna emerged out of a box onto a smoke-filled stage to perform "Where Have You Been." It was a high production number with dancers and lasers accentuating Rihanna's latest hit.

Skylar Laine teamed up with country icon Reba for a collaboration on her #1 hit "Turn Up the Radio." Hollie Cavanagh was joined by Jordin Sparks for a duet on the show tune "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Judge Jennifer Lopez turned in a performance of "Goin' In" from the upcoming movie Step Up Revolution and "Follow the Leader" featuring Wishin & Yandel. Of course, Jennifer was backed up by a big team of dancers.

Judge Steven Tyler performed with Aerosmith towards the end of the night too. They sang their new song "Legendary Child" before going into "Walk this Way."

As part of the show, Ford presented new Escapes to Phillip's musical mentor, his brother-in-law Ben Neil and Jessica's mentor Robert Talon. Phillip and Jessica also got new 2013 Ford Fusions too.

Several stars were spotted in the crowd, including former Idol champ Carrie Underwood and Jane Lynch of Glee. Lauren Alaina and Taylor Hicks were there too.

Idol alums and real-life couple Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo actually got engaged on the show. Ace dropped to one kneeand presented her the ring, and Diana nodded yes before they shared a big kiss. Ryan held the ring's box as Ace slipped it on Diana's finger.

Preparations for American Idol's 12th season are already underway. Auditions for next season start in Los Angeles at Dodgers Stadium on June 7.

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Donald Driver Wins "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- One year after winning the Super Bowl, Donald Driver is a champion again. The Green Bay Packers wide receiver and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, won the 14th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday night.

When asked by host Tom Bergeron how it feels to receive the Mirror Ball trophy, Driver exclaimed, "Amazing! This is awesome!"

Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner, Mark Ballas, were the runners-up, despite earning the highest overall score during this week's finals. Jenkins, who was considered a front-runner for most of the season, thanked Ballas for being such a hard-working partner.

Telenovela actor William Levy and his partner, Cheryl Burke, finished in third place. The results were determined by combining the judges' scores with the viewers' votes.

After dancing twice on Monday night, each couple was asked to perform a third time on the season finale. Jenkins and Ballas completed a perfect week with a 1950s-style jive set to "Splish Splash." Bruno Tonioli called Jenkins one of the most wonderful competitors the show has ever seen, and Carrie Ann Inaba applauded her for raising the bar for the other contestants.

Jenkins and Ballas earned a total score of 30 out of a possible 30. Their overall score, including their two dances from Monday, was 90 out of 90.

Driver and Murgatroyd danced the cha cha cha to The Four Seasons "Beggin.'" Inaba presciently anointed Driver as the celebrity to beat. Len Goodman said Driver is the best dancer of any football player to have competed on the show -- a list that also includes former champs Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward. Driver and Murgatroyd earned a 30 out of a possible 30, boosting their overall score to 89 out of 90.

Levy and Burke performed the salsa. Goodman said if salsa and rhythm were an Olympic event, Levy would be a gold medalist. Inaba added that Levy exudes "true star quality." Much like Driver and Murgatroyd, the couple earned a total score of 30 out of a possible 30 and an overall score of 89 out of 90.

The two-hour results show also featured the season's previously-eliminated contestants returning to the ballroom for one more dance. In addition, contestant Gladys Knight sang "The Way We Were," and Kelly Clarkson performed a medley of her songs "Dark Side" and "Stronger."

Dancing with the Stars will return next fall with an all-star season featuring past contestants. ABC has yet to announce the cast.

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"Desperate Housewives" Finale: A Wedding, a Birth, a Death and the Future

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- It was all flashbacks, feelings and fond farewells on Sunday night, as ABC’s Desperate Housewives finally reached the end of the lane. In a two-part special, the show ended its eighth season with story lines that included a murder trial, a wedding, a birth and a death. It’s the stuff that the comedy-drama has been dishing up since the women of Wisteria Lane first hit our screens in 2004.

The finale featured Marcia Cross’ Bree on trial for the murder of Gabrielle’s (Eva Longoria) perverted stepfather, Alejandro. Poor Mrs. McCluskey, played by Kathryn Joosten, succumbed to her cancer, but not before taking the stand at Bree’s trial to make the claim that she was the one who killed Alejandro, taking the heat off Gabrielle and Bree. Fans of the show had already seen Gabrielle’s husband, Carlos, Ricardo Chavira’s character, unintentionally kill Alejandro at the start of this season. Bree ended up romantically involved with her lawyer, Trip, portrayed by Scott Bakula.

Renee — Vanessa Williams’ character — got married to Ben, but on the way, pregnant Julie’s water broke, forcing her mother, Teri Hatcher’s Susan, to comically take the wheel of the limo to get them to the hospital. Felicity Huffman’s Lynette reconciled with her estranged husband, Tom, when she made a moving speech at the wedding telling the happy couple and watching friends, “Always remember how much you wanted to be loved, and how much you are loved.”

We also got to see, in a flashback, Mary Alice Young, who is usually only heard as the show’s narrator, plus the return of Dana Delaney’s Katherine to Fairview.

Near the end of the show, the four principal housewives were seen sitting around a table playing poker and talking. They promised each other that they would meet to play cards again – but that was not to be. We were shown that the future would see Lynette and Tom moving to New York, Gabrielle leaving the lane with Carlos to become a home shopping TV celebrity in Hollywood, and Bree moving to Louisville and entering into a political career.

Susan and her family were the last to move out, but not before we were introduced a new young housewife with her own secrets.  As Susan took one last drive down Wisteria Lane, we saw that she was being watched over by the ghosts of all who had lived and died there, including her dead lover Mike, played by James Denton, and, of course, Mrs. McCluskey. In the final voiceover, we were reminded that most of us try in vain to keep secrets that will never stay hidden.

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"Bachelor" Ben Flajnik Engaged to Courtney, But It's Complicated

ABC/NICK RAY(NEW YORK) -- Courtney Robertson didn't make many friends on The Bachelor, but she still got what she wanted Monday night on the 16th-season finale of the ABC series: an engagement ring from 29-year-old California winemaker Ben Flajnik.

Ben popped the question to the 28-year-old model in Switzerland after breaking the heart of the other co-finalist, 27-year-old business development manager Lindzi Cox.

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Alas, Ben's romance with Courtney is a complicated one. Though they remain a couple, the two revealed on the After the Final Rose special that they broke off their engagement after taping the competition.

During a conversation with host Chris Harrison on After the Final Rose, Ben said there was a long period of time when he and Courtney did not speak to one another due to the "negative energy" surrounding their relationship.

Ben cited her cold treatment of the other contestants over the course of the season, the extent of which he says he did not realize until he watched the show on TV. Yes, he'd been warned by several bachelorettes about Courtney's behavior, but he said they never cited specific examples of her acting hurtful towards them.

Courtney, who was tearful at times during the special, said she felt abandoned by Ben, noting that he didn't send her any gifts on Valentine's Day. She said she currently doesn't have complete trust in him.

Speaking of trust, Ben adamantly denied reports that he cheated on Courtney, claiming that the women he allegedly wooed in San Francisco a few weeks ago were friends of his. He said the ubiquitous photos of Courtney trying on wedding dresses, taken late last month, were just her way of having some fun with the media.

So where do Ben and Courtney currently stand with one another? Well, they hardly acted like they were completely committed to one another, but Ben insisted that they're still engaged. To prove his point, he slipped the engagement ring back onto Courtney's finger.

The two-hour finale that preceded the After the Final Rose special documented the events that led to Ben's proposal.

Ben, Courtney and Lindzi were in Switzerland, where the previous Bachelor episode was also set. After meeting with Ben's mother and sister and receiving their approval, Courtney and Lindzi both had one-on-one dates with him on the mountainside.

Ben ultimately chose to eliminate Lindzi, telling her, "I'm in love with someone else."

That someone else was, of course, Courtney, to whom he proposed. He said, "I promised myself I wouldn't get down on one knee again unless I was certain it was forever. And I want to tell you that ... you are my forever."

Ben was still carrying the scars from the 2011 season of The Bachelorette, when he was rejected in the finale by Ashley Hebert. Ashley and her fiancé, J.P. Rosenbaum, appeared on Monday's After the Final Rose special, saying they are currently planning their wedding. Harrison offered to officiate the ceremony, and Ashley was amenable to the idea.

The next season of The Bachelorette, with single mom and former Bachelor star Emily Maynard in the title role, debuts May 14 on ABC.

Bachelor Pad returns later this year.

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ABC's 'One Life to Live' Ends 43-Year Run on Friday

JPI Studios/ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- One Life to Live will come to an end on Friday.  After 43 years, the ABC daytime soap that chronicled the lives of the fictional Buchanan, Lord and Cramer families in Llanview, Pa., will air its final episode.

One Life to Live premiered on July 15, 1968.  The series finale will take a look back at the moments that have defined the soap through the years.

Longtime One Life to Live star Erika Slezak, who plays the heir to the Lord publishing fortune, Viki Lord Banks, says it will be sad for both her and the show's fans to say goodbye.

She says, "I think that the core audience is still very strong, and they're going to miss us terribly because they looked forward to that hour or that two-hour or that three-hour stretch every day."

Slezak will reflect on the soap's run as a guest co-host on ABC's The View Friday morning.

The final episode of One Life to Live airs at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.  The new lifestyle program The Revolution will fill the One Life to Live time slot beginning Monday.

One Life to Live is the second ABC soap in five months to leave the air.  All My Children signed off in September after 41 years.

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'All My Children' Ends 41-Year Run

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- After 41 years on the air, the ABC daytime soap All My Children will air its final televised episode Friday afternoon.  The finale will take a look back at the significant story lines and characters in Pine Valley since the show's debut in January 1970.

Susan Lucci has starred on All My Children since the beginning, playing Erica Kane.  The series' famous alumni include Kelly Ripa, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Josh Duhamel, Amanda Seyfried, Christian Slater, Eva LaRue, Kim Delaney, Melissa Leo and Mischa Barton.

Though it's ending its network run, All My Children is expected to continue as an Internet-only program beginning in January.  Cameron Mathison, who plays Ryan on the show, thinks the move may not be such a bad thing.

He says, "You can watch any episode at anytime wherever you want in the world and you can choose the advertising that you're going to be, y'know, advertised, so, it makes more sense for something like that right now."

All My Children will be replaced in ABC's daytime lineup by the new talk show The Chew.

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'Breaking Bad' Renewed for Final Season

Bryan Cranston (Jeff Vespa/WireImage)(LOS ANGELES) -- There's breaking good news for fans of Breaking Bad: AMC has reached an agreement with producer Sony Pictures Television to renew the drama which stars Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. According to Variety, the deal calls for a 16-episode fifth season, which will wrap up the acclaimed series.

Sony reportedly had been shopping Breaking Bad to other networks following tense negotiations during which AMC had expressed concern over the cost of producing the show, in which Cranston plays a terminally ill science teacher who uses his chemistry skills to cook up a business making meth.

It's unclear when the fifth and final season will air.

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Oprah Winfrey Says Goodbye After 25 Years

Oprah Winfrey/ABC News(CHICAGO) -- After 25 years and 4,561 episodes, Oprah Winfrey finally said goodbye to her talk show on Wednesday in Chicago. Gone were the glitz and glamour that characterized the massive, star-studded pre-finale shows that aired over Monday and Tuesday. Although a few celebrity guests were in attendance, like Tyler Perry, the final show was an intimate affair, just Oprah at her best: with a studio audience.

Winfrey, wearing a rose-colored dress with a matching sash, opened the show by saying "There are no words to describe this moment." She took a stroll down memory lane for an hour, opening the show by discussing her first-ever episode. "There was no hair and makeup," she jokingly recalled. "No stylists. Just a Jheri Curl and a bad fur coat." She said that while she was initially happy just to have a job, she soon realized that she began to see herself in her audience, and vice-versa.

Winfrey stressed that what she wanted her audience to take from the past 4,500-plus shows was her viewers to live for their passions. She repeatedly remarked what an honor it was to be let into her viewers' homes every day.

Winfrey also delved deeply into spirituality and God, saying it's the only explanation for the miracle of her career. She also noted the importance of treating others the way they'd want to be treated, and illustrated that by showing a clip of Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.

The host also recapped moments from past shows which dealt with addiction, sex abuse, homosexuality and domestic abuse -- praising how the series began "lifting the veil" on family dysfunction. "Little by little, we started to release the shame," she said.

Winfrey next thanked her production company's staff, "the Harpo Family," without whom she says she never would have made it. "My team and Jesus," is the answer Winfrey said she gives when asked how the show lasted 25 years.

The talk show host flashed back to other episodes that touched her, including Tyler Perry's admission that he was sexually abused in his youth -- she said it helped her deal with her similar past.

Winfrey urged her audience to be the safe haven for each other they felt she was to them, before personally welcoming her 4th grade teacher Mrs. Duncan, and thanking her for being one of the first people who made her feel validated.

Winfrey ended the show by telling fans, "I won't say goodbye, I'll just say 'Until we meet again.' To God be the Glory." And with that, an emotional Winfrey walked off the stage, kissed longtime partner Stedman Graham and shook hands with audience members, and after exiting the studio itself, with staffers, who had formed a massive receiving line.

"Oh, we did it!" Winfrey yelled triumphantly, before retiring by herself to her office, where she lifted up her dog and said "We did it, Sadie!"

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