Oprah & Last Show
May 24, 2011 by Post Team
Oprah & Last Show, An old friend and fan of Oprah called me right after the show on Monday, the third to last in the career of Oprah. She was a little weepy, but also very happy to see the program on Tuesday. “You must have had a great time recording,” he said. And I wanted to know what to expect on Tuesday. So here’s to all the friends and fans of Oprah, and those who are curious about how the most powerful woman in media close to 25 years of success.
It was an experience at the United Center in Chicago, sure. I was busy working and taking notes, so I could not let go, relax and enjoy the show. Will and Jada Smith began the second hour as the hosts. I was able to stay focused on my job of reporting what was going through the first few minutes.
That changed when Dr. Maya Angelou, Oprah read a new poem set to music. The producer had to stop complaining with a laptop and a cell phone, and simply sits still and listens. Sincerely. If you look at a few minutes of Tuesday’s show, see.
While I’m sure all of the time people are kept entertained and introspective of what Oprah means to them, the eloquence of Dr. Angelou was impressive. It was the kind of performance that generated feelings of hope, admiration, deciding. That spark became a tingling sensation, physical sensation, while uplifting my spirit.
The poem was a tribute to the most powerful woman in media, but can also be interpreted as a sign of hope for women everywhere, everything is possible.
“This black-eyed girl of Mississippi decided to tell the world…” I’m Oprah, “” Dr. Angelou recited. “” Be strong, be kind and call me ‘Oprah’. I can. I will. And I will. Take Oprah. Am. Oprah. Oprah. Oprah. “They were the right words to adequately describe a woman who represents the empowerment of women.
Appointments cannot be compared to the recitation of Dr. Angelou. With Alicia Keyes on piano, was simply beautiful to hear. I think all 13,000 fans must have thought the same thing. Apparently no one moved – not even anyone in the press box media in which he sat. So in the end, the crowd erupted in applause and gave him a standing ovation to the performance.
That was one of the fans stood many times in the second hour of recording the live show. Talk about powerful – wait until you see Aretha Franklin perform.
Then there is the support for the woman to woman by Maria Shriver, who leaves her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Shriver thanked Oprah for “give me the truth.” The crowd went crazy with the approval and encouragement.
Gayle King was on stage, and there was a funny moment, man I’m sure will not make the TV version of the series. There were some microphone problems on stage, and the recording is stopped while the problem was solved. As a stagehand, wiped her face with sweat, the king said he was having an embarrassment, and said, “Oh, please do not put that in one of the final shows.” The audience applauded, apparently appreciating the humor, and patient about the slight delay.
Other surprises in store for Oprah and her fans on Tuesday included a special tribute video by some university students, Michael Jordan, Usher, Jerry Seinfeld, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, and even Stedman Graham.
Oprah says she does not know what to do with all the surprises. “Michael Jordan and Aretha Franklin in one night. Wow,” he said, adding that he had to watch the video recording more than once to “digest what happened.”
But what about the last show on Wednesday? That remains a big secret. ABC News reports that will be recorded in the 1:00 pm CST in Chicago on Tuesday. My media friends in Chicago are both in the dark like everyone else. Nobody knows if Oprah will do the show alone, or entertaining. Internet speculations say it is possible the Queen of Talk TV interview Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. But nobody knows for sure.
What is known is that millions of fans will have tears in their eyes as they say goodbye to this chapter in the life of Oprah.
There are only two shows left on television for women who define displayed during the day to talk about the last quarter century. “Surprise Oprah! Goodbye spectacular,” airs Tuesday at 4:00 pm the last episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” airs Wednesdays at 4:00 pm, on channel 5.
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