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Surprise Oprah! Star-Studded Secret Guests Planned For Winfrey's Finale Week


Apr. 29 2011, Published 6:45 a.m. ET

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As many as 21,000 fans will pack Chicago's United Center May 17 when Oprah Winfrey tapes a special two-hour extravaganza to air during the final week of her iconic talk show -- and even she doesn't know what she's in for!

Harpo is hyping the event by saying “some of the biggest names in music, movies and television will get together in a one-time-only gathering to celebrate the 25-year legacy of The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

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Executive producer Sheri Salata said Oprah's letting her hate of surprises down for a day, for the sake of the epic two-part program.

“As most of our viewers know, being surprised is not one of Oprah’s favorite things. In the spirit of our farewell season, she is making a rare exception and we intend to make the most of that opportunity. It will be something to see, ” Salata said in a statement.  

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For those looking to attend the Windy City extravaganza, you can request tickets (they're free!) from Friday from 10 a.m. central time until 11:59 p.m. Saturday at

Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular airs May 23 and 24; Oprah's last show airs  Wednesday, May 25.


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