Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oprah's Final Show

After 25 years on television, the Oprah Winfrey Show will end today with a final farewell from Oprah to her fans. I have been a pretty loyal viewer since the show began, having seen about 83% of all her shows, give or take!

I remember when the show would compete against other talk shows such as Donahue, Geraldo, and the Sally Jesse Raphael Show. I also remember when she brought her show production to Texas when she was being sued by Texas cattlemen, and she had to report to the trial daily. That seems like a lifetime ago, but Oprah kept going strong.

Oprah has become a worldwide phenomenon, and her many sayings are part of the lexicon: "I'm having an Aha moment." "When you know better, you do better." "What do you know for sure?" and "You always had the power!"

She has used her popularity, power, and wealth to help change many lives through educational scholarships and charitable contributions. By sharing so many people's stories on her show, Oprah has also helped many of her viewers learn invaluable life lessons. And it didn't hurt having numerous celebrities on her show as well.

She started a new network on New Year's Day called OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network to continue her work, but in an entirely different context. I have been watching, but I can't imagine what's it's going to be like to have TV afternoons without Oprah's show.

Paul Simon had written a song for Oprah's 10th anniversary, and he reworked it for her final send off. Good luck Oprah! I know I love you!

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