I will probably have a nervous breakdown when the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show airs in just two weeks on May 25th, I’m already stocking up on tissues! As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of Oprah Winfrey, and I’ve been watching her show since I was ten-years-old back in 1986. I can’t claim to have seen all of her shows but I’ve seen a lot of ‘em! Afternoons are simply not going to be the same without the queen of daytime, nobody is going to be able to replace her. Yet I keep telling myself, she’s not leaving TV completely, and will be putting more time and energy into her OWN network, which is actually in dire need of her attention. For the June issue of O magazine, there’s two covers which you’ll find below, I still can’t believe twenty-five years have gone by, make sure to visit Oprah’s website, there’s tons of content celebrating her talk show. My only regret will be not having gone to Chicago to see the show tape in person at Harpo Studios, that’s something that will haunt me for quite some time. If I could pick anyone in the entire world to meet and perhaps have lunch with, hands down it would have to be Oprah!
Oprah on the show’s early days:
“The first few years when the staff was still less than 12 people, I used to hang out with them because we were doing live shows, and we’d be done by 10 a.m. We had four people in four chairs, and that was it. Those were the days where I’d be the one taking the lunch order. I would walk around asking, ‘Okay, is it gonna be Taco Bell today, or are we doing Wendy’s?’ And then we’d go out and party at night.”
“I don’t regret having talked about my life. The show has been my therapy…I’ve never had a day’s therapy, but I’ve had many days of listening to really excellent therapists, starting with Dr. Phil, who is beyond excellent at what he does.”
“I genuinely feel appreciated and loved by this audience that has grown up with me. Which, for me, is a huge, huge, huge accomplishment. Because I grew up feeling the opposite of that. Feeling a void, as a little girl, feeling that really nobody loved me. So to be surrounded by this, that is what I’m going to feel. And when you see the tears on the last show, that’s what those tears will be about. Those tears will not be about sadness.”