Entries in The Oprah Winfrey Show (6)


Oprah Winfrey Wants O.J. Simpson to Confess to Her

Barry Brecheisen/WireImage(CHICAGO) -- Oprah Winfrey recently ended her long-running TV talk show, and on Thursday, she revealed the one guest she wished she could have interviewed.

Speaking at the industry expo The Cable Show 2011 in Chicago, Winfrey said, "I have a dream of O.J. Simpson confessing to me," a statement that was greeted with cheers at the Q&A session.

Oprah hasn't given up on the idea, either.

"And I am going to make that happen people," she declared.  "I don't just want the interview.  I want the interview on the condition that you are ready, Mr. Simpson."

Simpson was acquitted of murdering his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1995.  The former NFL star is currently behind bars in Las Vegas, sentenced in 2008 to nine to 33 years in prison for unrelated robbery, weapons, and kidnapping charges.

Winfrey also addressed concerns about her ratings-challenged OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, explaining that with The Oprah Winfrey Show now finished, she now has "the ability to commit my full energy, feet first, body immersed" into OWN.

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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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Final Episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' Airs Wednesday

Barry Brecheisen/WireImage(CHICAGO) -- After 25 years, The Oprah Winfrey Show ends its run on Wednesday.

The 4,561st and final episode, recorded Tuesday in Chicago, had no guests -- just Oprah Winfrey taking a stroll down memory lane, according to the Chicago Tribune, which spoke with some audience members afterward.

Jessica Llamas said Winfrey opened the show by telling the audience that the episode was a "letter to all her viewers."  Another audience member, Curt Evrard, said Winfrey focused in part on the serious topics her show has explored through the years, including child abuse and molestation.  His wife, Tammy Evrard, paraphrasing Winfrey, said the daytime queen encouraged the crowd to "be a beacon for other people" now that she has ended her talk show.

The taping reportedly ended with Winfrey thanking the viewers and staff before tearfully walking past the crowd.  She was then seen on a screen in the studio kicking off her shoes in her office and picking up her dog.

The finale lacked the star power of the two-part tribute to Winfrey that aired Monday and Tuesday, though Maria Shriver, Tyler Perry, and actress Cicely Tyson were in the audience.  Winfrey's longtime partner, Stedman Graham, and her best friend, Gayle King, also were there.

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Filming Finished on Oprah Winfrey's Final Talk Show

Oprah Winfrey/ABC News(CHICAGO) -- That's all, folks: the final edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show is in the can.

Sheri Salata, executive producer of OPRAY WINFREY's talk show, took to Twitter Tuesday morning, writing "we're ready. she's ready. :-)" in response to a fan's well-wishes for the show's finale. But she offered no clues about the content of the final show.

The final Oprah will air Wednesday, as early as 10 a.m. in some markets. After 25 years of helming the production, Winfrey gave her staff control of her third-and second-to-last shows. They surprised her with performances and appearances by the likes of Will Smith, Beyonce Knowles, Madonna, and Maria Shriver, among a slew of other stars.

Those two shows were taped at Chicago's United Center May 17, which played host to 13,000 of Winfrey's friends and fans. Part one aired Monday; part two was to air Tuesday.

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Lady Gaga to Sing on 'Oprah' Thursday; New Video Premieres Same Day

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga is slated to make an appearance on Thursday's edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Oprah Winfrey discusses the Gaga cameo in a YouTube clip in which she points to a lipstick mark on her cheek, saying it came from a Gaga smooch.

She says, "I love making people happy and Lady Gaga singing at the end, surprising the audience, made me very happy."

Also on Thursday, E! News will premiere Lady Gaga's seven-minute video for her new single, "Judas," at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Eastern time.  The premiere will be followed by a Gaga interview conducted by E!'s Giuliana Rancic.

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Michael Douglas: Zeta-Jones Was 'Outed' in Bipolar Struggle

Donna Ward/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was "outed" as she sought treatment for bipolar II disorder, her husband, actor Michael Douglas, said on the The Oprah Winfrey Show in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday.

"I must say, Catherine's being quite open about it because she was outed, you know," Douglas, 66, said. "She went to go get some help and some other patient probably in there said, 'Hey, you won't believe who's in here now.' And, so, once that happens, I think she felt [it] best to kind of get out the story."

The couple, who married in 2000, and their family have had a difficult year.

"My oldest in federal prison. My ex-wife is suing me and I got cancer," said Douglas, who was diagnosed last year with throat cancer.

Douglas' eldest son, Cameron, 32, was sent to prison last year after being convicted of dealing the drug crystal meth. Douglas' ex-wife, Diandra, is suing him for a bigger portion of the profits Douglas made from the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Through it all, Zeta -Jones, 41, has been stoic, Douglas told Winfrey. He said his wife is already back to work shooting a movie.

The actor also told Winfrey that his monthly checkups reveal that he remains cancer-free.

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