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Oprah's farewell season kicks off

Getty After more than 4,400 episodes and a mere 28,000 guests, it’s safe to say “The Oprah Winfrey” show has lived its best life. 

A life full of a-ha! moments and TV memories forever ingrained in America’s consciousness. A life where a spastic and love-crazed Tom Cruise jumps on couches. A life where Oprah, wearing size 10 jeans, pulled a red wagon full of 67 pounds of fat to represent her weight loss. A life where we learned Mrs. Duncan, Oprah’s fourth-grade teacher, had a first name, Mary. A life where 276 lucky audience members drove off happy in shiny new cars ("You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!"). A life where screaming celebrity names was simply the only way to introduce someone onstage. A life where books became stars. 

All good things, though, must come to an end.

The 25th and final season of the landmark daytime TV show starts airing Monday.

But the talk show queen isn’t walking slowly into the light. She’s dancing … with John Travolta.  The friends strut through the famous stage doors to “Love Train” by the O’Jays in the season premiere — quite the kickoff, right?

Winfrey’s farewell season isn't goodbye forever. The media mogul is set to launch her Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN, on Jan. 1.

To celebrate (or mourn) the loss of the icon in TV programming, we encourage you to share your favorite moments from the show in the comments section.

Here's a look at what you can expect from the premiere episode:

— Yvonne Villarreal


Comments () | Archives (9)

When I had pneumonia in 2001 watching Oprah helped get me through. The doctor wanted me to sit up for an hour a day and it was so hard to do being so sick. I stared watching Oprah for that hour and it went from being a chore to sit up to being a pleasure to sit up so I could see her show. I always liked the "Angel Network" segments and wish the mainstream media would pick up on stories like those more.

My favotite Oprah memory of all time is when she goes off each day and I no longer have to listen to her sickening voice

That "you get a car" was incredible fun to watch. We heard about it and was glad to catch a re-run, I think on late-night Oprah.
And I guess we're the only ones on the planet who thought Tom Cruises' hopping on the couch was the open display of joi de vivre ever, and amusing to watch.

this will be fun to watch her gain and lose weight again.

I just love Oprah. She has done great.

Best of luck to you for your final shows. My only regret was not trying harder to get tickets to a show and fly from Pennsylvania to see you!
Your generosity is overwhelming and must bring you great pride that you can make a difference in so many lives. Many of my shows that I watched came with a kleenex box!
Best of luck!

I have watched Oprah anytime I could every since the very first show. I have watched her from "big hair" to "wigs" and in between. She's come a long way from Mississippi to Chicago. Her story is one from which every young, poor girl can learn there are no bars to dreaming and hard work.
I so wish I could have seen her show but alas, it's a long way from Georgia and when available, it took 2 years to get a ticket.
Good luck in your new venture.......not that you need my wishes. There's an old southern expression "fell into an outhouse and came out smelling like a rose"....sums it up!

Hi Oparh

My name is Sandra Pok-Aidoo and I'm from Canda. I've been a fan of your's for a very long time and I would lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve to meet you one day. That would be, a dream come true...Best of luck to you Oparh...
REMEMBER: with god all things are possible.

Oprah is simply the best. She's an Angel. I don't want the same thing everyone says, but everyone tells it as it truly is, she's just amazing and her team are equally fabulous. I hope she never has to leave our screens.


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