Oprah Winfrey Shares Final Message With Fans
Oprah Winfrey could have had any celebrity or award winner on her final show ever.
But instead she chose to dedicate it to her fans -- and interview herself.
"This is my love letter to you," Winfrey told her audience alone from Harpo's Chicago soundstage. "I want to leave you with lessons from my life." PHOTOS: Oprah's most memorable moments
Winfrey spent the hour sharing her favorite clips, talking about how her looks have changed and revealing lessons she's learned over the show's 25-year history. VIDEO: Remember these Oprah Show moments?
She thanked God for her success: "In every decision, I wait and listen for the guidance that's greater than my meager mind."
She did not break into her infamous ugly cry, but did get emotional at points, according to People.com, when speaking to her fans, "Each one of you has your own platform. You can help somebody, you can listen, you can forgive. My greatest wish for all you ... is that you carry whatever you are supposed to be doing and don't waste any more time," she said.
She also encouraged her audience to take control over their own lives.
"You are responsible for the energy you create for yourself, and the energy you bring to others. Don't wait for somebody else to save you, to complete you, to fix you," she said.
The soliloquy was in stark contrast to her third and second-to-last shows, which were taped in front of 13,000 fans last week at Chicago’s United Center and featured appearances by celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Beyonce and Madonna. Read THR’s minute-by-minute live blog, and critics’ reviews.
Says audience member Wanda Nash of the final show, which airs Wednesday: "It was bittersweet. The message was heartfelt, and I took a lot from it. I realized I'm perfect just the way I am."
Winfrey told THR earlier she felt she was stepping down at the right time.
"I'm so happy I didn't stay in the wing until I was punch drunk and people had to drag me out with my microphone and say, 'Enough already!'" she said. "I always thought I would take my cues from the viewers. I took the cue from the landscape of television. It got harder and harder and harder to raise the bar every day. What we're doing is primetime television done in the daytime. The amount of money spent, editors… everything it takes to do this show… it got harder to raise the bar."
She'll focus on her network, OWN. VIDEO: OWN's first promo