Spoiler: The final Oprah Winfrey Show will air in Australia tomorrow night on TEN.
But it has already aired in the US.
Winfrey kissed and hugged her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, and made her way through the halls of Harpo Studios, saying goodbye to her staff. In the audience were Tyler Perry, Maria Shriver, Suze Orman, Cicely Tyson, and her former school teacher -but none of them joined Winfrey on stage.
“You will not be getting a car,” Winfrey told her audience. “This is my love letter to you.”
Here are some select excerpts from ABCnews.com:
10:00 a.m.: Winfrey walked on to the set of her last show to a standing ovation. Clad in a salmon pink dress with ruffles streaming down the front, she beamed. She began, “There are no words to match this moment.”
10:02 a.m.: “This journey that you and I have shared together” — this show is all about Winfrey’s connection with her fans.
10:04 a.m.: Winfrey reminscined about how she started her TV career with “just a Jheri curl and a bad fur coat.” She recalled doing her first shows without a live audience and how crucial it was to get people in her studio: “From day one, Chicago, you took me in.”
10:18 a.m.: The early days of “Oprah” were a far cry from today’s inspirational, star-studded hours. Winfrey showed brief clips from the “he said, she said” fights that used to break out among her disenfranchised guests. “The beginning of reality TV folks,” she told her audience today. “Glad we grew out of that.”
10:25 a.m.: Winfrey paid tribute to how her show made it OK for people to talk about family and personal problems, showing clips from past guests admitting abuse, alcoholism and more. “Little by little, we started to erase the shame,” she said.
10:40 a.m.: Winfrey said the secret to her success is “my team and Jesus.” “The only time I’ve ever made mistakes is when I didn’t listen,” she said. “God is love, and God is life.”
10:45 a.m.: One of Winfrey’s proudest moments was when 200 male sexual abuse victims in her studio audience stood to “lift the veil of shame” around men being sexually abused.
10:58 a.m: That’s a wrap. Some of Winfrey’s final words: “I thank you all for your support and your trust in me. I thank you all for sharing this yellow brick road of blessings. … I thank you for being as much of a sweet inspiration to me as I tried to be for you. I won’t say goodbye, I’ll just say until we meet again. To God be the glory.”
She walked through the audience before heading backstage, where her teary-eyed staff offered hugs and kisses. “We did it!” she hollered, once with her staff and once with her dog Sadie, who she held in her arms as the screen faded to black.
It airs at 9pm Friday on TEN.