Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oprah...the Farewell Show

Oprah's Farewell Extravaganza at Chicago's United Centre was quite a spectacle. The list of celebs that came out was quite impressive. The first episode was MCd by Tom Hanks, a long time Oprah friend, and the second by Will and Jada Smith. Everyone was gushing about how much they love Oprah and how much the show meant to them.

I was actually surprised that Oprah wasn't ugly crying the entire time. I mean...they are talking about all the stuff that she had done, all the kids she sent to school, all the lives that she had changed with her show. I am sitting on my couch bawling like I am watching an episode of Extreme Make Over: Home Edition with a soldier father AND a dying children and Ope is just sitting there letting out an occasional "Wow" and holding her chest. How does she keep that kind of composure? I know how she does it on the show usually...she is omnipresent and knows all...but all of this stuff was supposed to be a surprise.  I think she kind of cracked at the end when they were talking about the 64,000 plus people that she had helped get higher education, but that's it...and it was NICE crying. She didn't even smudge her makeup.

I didn't know what to make of the show because it was basically an Ode to Oprah. It was not a show for the viewers or the thousands of people in the stadium audience...it could have been done in Oprah's living room, but I am glad that the world got to join in on the occasion. My favorite part was Stevie Wonder...f-cking guy is just so rad.  I am slightly confused as to why they had Usher close out the show...I thought it would have been Aretha for sure.

I do want to touch on the guest for a second...they were: Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Aretha Franklin, Diane Sawyer, Rosie O'Donnell, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Nate Burkus, Maria Shriver, Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Katie Holmes, Queen Latifia, Dakota Fanning, Michael Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rascal Flatts, Usher, Patti Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Gayle King, Simon Cowell, Madonna, Beyonce, John Legend, Kristin Chenoweth, Dr. Angelou, Alicia Keys, and Tyler Perry (who didn't insist on calling the show Tyler Perry's Farewell to Oprah...how nice of him).

The biggest shock was Stedman, Oprah's longtime BF who stays out of the spotlight, came out and was talking. Noticeably absent was the Obamas...you know, since Ope basically got him elected. They were in the UK doing some presidential stuff so I will let it slide. Second disappointment was the Pope...totally thought he would have been there to give her honorary Sainthood or something...they can do that right? It's Oprah...how could they not.

After seeing the show you gotta respect Ope. She does more good in one show that I will do in my entire life (and that's not for my lack of trying...and by trying I mean trying to do nothing good with my life. So far - success.) I don't want to get all mushy and shit, especially since Ope is alive and has her OWN network...but...respect. That is all.

Tomorrow is Oprah's last show ever. I may wear all back tomorrow to mourn.

RIP The Oprah Winfrey Show. Much love.


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