Stars Crowd Oprah’s Stage For Final Show

Oprah's spectacular double-taping of her final show in Chicago brought dozens of stars to her stage, one last time.

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Maria Shriver appears with Oprah Winfrey during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, in Chicago. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is ending its run May 25, after 25 years, and millions of her fans around the globe are waiting to see how she will close out a show that spawned a media empire.
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Gayle King, left, and Maria Shriver hug Oprah. The day was doubly emotional for Shriver, as it was publicly revealed Tuesday that her husband and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had a love child with a household staffer 10 years ago, prompting the couple's separation.
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Oprah, we're told, had no idea who would appear on the show, as it was also billed as a "surprise" for her. Throughout the night, Oprah was "surrounded by love," as Tom Hanks said.
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Tom Cruise also takes the stage with Oprah. "I love seeing Oprah's face!" he said as he surprised her. More than 154,000 ticket requests flooded Harpo studios from fans who wished to attend the final show. Talk about star power!
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Singers Patti LaBelle, left, and Josh Groban performed, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which brought the audience to their feet. Oprah didn't give away any free cars, but the shows were a veritable who's who of pop culture.
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Usher also sang to Oprah during the taping in Chicago. Just a few thousand of Oprah's lucky fans got the chance to see her back-to-back shows at the United Center.
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Halle Berry, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah were just three of the stars who appeared during the first part of the show: Josh Groban, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Rascal Flatts also took the stage to surprise the Queen of Talk.
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Oprah Winfrey reacts as Michael Jordan enters the stage. Part two of the show brought Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Seinfeld, Simon Cowell, Rosie O'Donnell, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr Phil McGraw, Nate Berkus, Gayle King, Maya Angelou, Tyler Perry, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Usher and Maria Shriver.
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Oprah Winfrey, right, stands with Beyonce, left, and Dakota Fanning. Beyonce was apparently unsatisfied with her performance of "Girls (Who Rule the World)," so she redid the whole thing for the audience. Extra singing from Beyonce? That's a win!
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Madonna hugs Oprah during the taping, and calls Oprah her role model. The show brought both laughs...
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... and tears. Boxes of Kleenex were under the chairs on the main floor for the inevitable shows of emotion.
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After Jamie Foxx begins singing Stevie Wonder's hit, "Isn't She Lovely," the real-life Stevie Wonder joins in.
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Jerry Seinfeld made jokes about marriage and said that her show is great for husbands-in-training.
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Aretha Franklin sang a rousing "Amazing Grace" near the end of the taping, after Maya Angelou read a poem for Oprah and Alicia Keys played the piano.
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After 25 years, an emotional ending to an amazing show.
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