With two days to go before the historic final episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show, the talk show queen was pulling out all the stops to make sure it was a television experience that viewers would never forget!
Famous for surprising her guests and audiences with lavish gifts, this time it was Oprah who was caught off guard during the first part of the star-studded finale, which aired on Monday.
Amongst the slew of A-list stars to honor Winfrey’s 25 years on the air was Madonna, who host Tom Hanks introduced as a viewer from New York City, “This hard-working mother of four says the Oprah show means the world to her,” said Hanks.
The Material Girl didn’t hold back her adoration for the talk show host, telling the audience: “It is no secret that millions of people have been inspired by Oprah and I’m one of those people.
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“She fights for things she believes in even if it makes her unpopular. She has b***s and a wealth of compassion, I have learned so much from her,” gushed the outspoken singer, which caused an outpouring of applause from the thousands of fans at the United Center in Chicago.
“She’s been a self-made woman who has been on top of her game for over 25 years and she is still kicking ass!”
Madonna wasn’t the only musical phenomena to honor Winfrey, Beyonce took the stage in a tuxedo-inspired catsuit for a spectacular ‘graduation’ themed performance of her new single, ‘Run the World (Girls).’
Winfrey’s guest list was like a who’s who of Hollywood, with Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Halle Berry, Queen Latifah and Diane Sawyer all taking the stage to honor her prestigious career and the personal acts of her millions of viewers.
“We love you Oprah. The true beauty of your show that your viewers haven’t just been sitting in front of their televisions being entertained or merely informed, they have risen up to literally change the world,” said Berry.
Visibly moved and brought to tears at times, Oprah told her celebrity guests and her audience, “Thank you for being a part of this great night, I feel loved!”
The finale extravaganza continues on Tuesday and concludes on Wednesday.