Wednesday’s finale of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was a departure from the fanfare and exuberance of her final season and recent series of star-studded broadcasts filmed in the past week.
Oprah addressed her audience alone; no stars, no surprises, no presents. Instead, Oprah chose a low-key approach and stood alone on stage offering her thanks for the years of dedication from her fans.
Oprah eloquently expressed her gratitude: “Every single day I came down from my makeup room, I’d offer a prayer of gratitude for the opportunity to have done this work. To be embraced by all of you, it’s one of the greatest honors a human being can have. Many of us have been together for 25 years. … So I thank you all for your support and trust in me. I thank you for tuning in every day. … I won’t say good-bye, I’ll just say, until we meet again.”
Winfrey said she has no regrets, though wished she could have done more to combat sexual predators of children.
In the audience, she had invited 200 men who were once victims of sexual abuse as children, each of who held a photo of themselves as children for all the world to see. Oprah commented: “They are standing together to lift the veil of shame.”
The final “Oprah Winfrey Show” audience did include appearances by her long-term partner Stedman Graham, filmmaker Tyler Perry and her fourth-grade teacher, a woman she called Mrs. Duncan.
In the end, Winfrey said her departure isn’t bittersweet, but rather “all sweet and no bitter.”