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What did you think of the Oprah finale?

There were no cars or vacations or other surprises. Nothing hidden under studio guests’ chairs.

Instead, Oprah Winfrey ended her 25-year daytime television reign on a subdued note: “To God be the glory.”

The final episode of the show felt something like a church service or motivational session.

“You are responsible for your life,” Winfrey said. Many times during the show she spoke of her staff’s dedication to service, and she urged her viewers to embody that concept.

“Each one of you has your own platform,” she said. “Mine is a stage in a studio. Yours is wherever you are. That is where your power lies. You will receive in proportion to what you give.”

The set for the last show was simple: Winfrey and a chair that she never sat on. Instead, she moved around the stage but instead of the “hootin’ and hollerin’” she said she has enjoyed on past shows, she was low key. But there was a quiet power in her words.

“Stop wasting time,” she said. “Live the life that’s calling you and use your life to serve others.”

She invoked her faith several times.

“I have felt the presence of God my whole life,” she said. “Be still, and know it. The only time I’ve made mistakes was when I didn’t listen.”

There were no guests, although Atlanta’s Tyler Perry was in the audience and received a nod from his good friend. Winfrey said she has no regrets from her show but does wish she could have done more to raise awareness about childhood sexual abuse. One of the proudest moments, she said, was when Perry was featured on the show, joined by other men, all of whom said they were abused as children.

Although many in the audience (and at an early screening at WSB) wiped tears away during the show, Winfrey got through the final episode without breaking down.

“People have asked if ending the show was bittersweet,” Winfrey said. “It’s all sweet. No bitter.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

38 comments Add your comment

Ryan

May 25th, 2011
3:01 pm

Tyler Perry!

Kim

May 25th, 2011
3:57 pm

Monica Kauffman

Jennifer Brett

May 25th, 2011
4:05 pm

Well you both win. Tyler’s in the audience and Monica attended the screening here in Atlanta. :)

Jennifer

This show has run its course. Time to end it!

May 25th, 2011
4:25 pm

Hooray! The Torture is finally over!

CJ

May 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

Saddest part of the whole thing? Another hour of WSB news aka “BNN” – Bad News Network!

julio quintana

May 25th, 2011
5:18 pm

Thnak god its over….

R. K. Biggs

May 25th, 2011
5:35 pm

see

May 25th, 2011
5:36 pm

To see the negative comments on here is sad. We are so busy tearing ourselves down. Don’t want to see other people to well

The Truth

May 25th, 2011
5:47 pm

So, WSB-TV you are not even going to show the re-runs of Oprah’s last season? I will be looking at Ellen at 4:00p.m.!!!!!

Jennifer Brett

May 25th, 2011
5:48 pm

Dear See,

I agree with you. Even if you are not a fan of the show, the message in today’s final episode was powerful and positive. It’s depressing but not surprising to see negativity immediately pop up, but oh well.

Jennifer

It's Wednesday

May 25th, 2011
5:54 pm

Haven’t seen it, but what I HOPE vs. think is that the women (and men) who’ve been hanging on her every breath for the past 25 years take what they heard and APPLY it in their lives and communities. I’m talking beyond the “because Oprah said/did it” cronie complex. For example, I got involved in Habitat for Humanity through the first “Oprah Angel Network House” in Roswell. I’ve continued to be involved with Habitat… however, I never saw any of those on the “Oprah” build again. I appreciate that she tried to send the message… do not follow ME, follow what we’ve LEARNED.

Debbie

May 25th, 2011
5:58 pm

I was truly inspired – what a great woman!

Linda

May 25th, 2011
5:59 pm

Sad, because no one is tearing Oprah down, but they are tearing themselves down. They don’t see their own power w/in themselves. It’s easier to rip someone apart then it is to build yourself up.

NoFanofOprah

May 25th, 2011
6:04 pm

Glad it’s gone. Old show, stale, a failed actress hosting a mediocre talk show.

Anne

May 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

Disapointed-thoroughly.

Jennifer Brett

May 25th, 2011
6:12 pm

Dear Linda,

I agree with you in noting the segment from “The Color Purple” that Oprah played today:

“Everything you done to me, already done to you…”

I will add: “It’s gon raaaaain on your head..!”

Jennifer

Bigmama

May 25th, 2011
6:14 pm

I think her last show was very powerful. The main point that I loved was “Be still and listen”! I hope all people learned something from her speech.

Kimy

May 25th, 2011
6:19 pm

I am savoring the memory of the last three shows forever.

joann b

May 25th, 2011
6:28 pm

i think she has class and i wish her well and i will miss her. if you didnt like her you could always change the channel and leave your bad comments to yourself

deborah

May 25th, 2011
6:34 pm

i have been watching Oprah since the show started, not every show, but most of them and i loved her finally good-bye a lot of food for thought. she is a inspiration to us. i have heard lot of opinions of her and the show but to mean it does not match to her action on the show. she does truly care about people and god. How else does someone do there job and not miss a day doing it unless they love there job. If u truly watch the show u would see this has nothing to do racism. don’t get me wrong as do all whites and blacks we all tend to favor our own race,don’t confuse this with her being racism. thank u Oprah for the beautiful job u have done, u are a inspiration to me and ur finally good-bye couldn’t have been more perfect. unfortunately i was never able to go to one of ur shows but i did watch or record them and u have given more to ur viewers then any other talk show has ever done. again thank u and i wish u all the best with ur next chapter of ur life. GOD BLESS

SaveOurRepublic

May 25th, 2011
7:02 pm

Like most “pop culure” (so-called) entertainment, this show was largely “sheeple bait” meant as a distraction mechanism (from the plight of our Constitutional Republic). It was always tinged with cultural marxism & smattering of “new age” religion. I very rarely watched it (or any “H3llivision” for that matter), but glad it’s finally off the air.

John

May 25th, 2011
7:04 pm

To paraphrase lines from an old Bill Murray movie,”There are two kinds of people in the world-those who can stand Oprah and those who can’t.” I tried to watch a couple of times and just couldn’t stomach it. But she certainly did a great job getting folks to discover books, many of which would otherwise have had only a small readership.

Mary

May 25th, 2011
7:15 pm

I don’t understand the need for the negative comments. If you do not care for Oprah, why are you wasting your time reading this article and wasting our time having to read your snide and unwelcome comments? Get a life!

GoodRiddance

May 25th, 2011
7:24 pm

Everyone has a calling? Must be easy to say when you’re a billionaire with an EZ tv job, with a staff of hundreds to produce the shows, and no real responsibilities. Oprah’s calling is to eat more biscuits and syrup.

GoodRiddance

May 25th, 2011
7:40 pm

uggg, and on the next to the last show, having to sit through fatass Rosey Ol’McDonnell singing. uggg

drunkutopia8

May 25th, 2011
7:44 pm

I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, http://BidsWork.com

Boooo

May 25th, 2011
7:45 pm

Not being negative; not tearing anyone down…just saying….everybody is entitled to their blog. I’m glad it is over. It was like waiting for May 21st.

it's time.

May 25th, 2011
8:31 pm

It’s time for Oprah to go. Yes she’s done MANY great things (she had GREAT producers, with GREAT ideas). But Oprah has become a praise hog, very self-righteous and really many of her actions serve her purpose, adds more jewels in her crown. Praise hog. She just packaged it very, VERY well…also much of her “good deeds” is to sooth her own conscience about some things.

Oprah seems to have her own god, as she fashions him/her to be. In fact, O thinks SHE is a god. Even some of her recent questions to James Fry and others were to ~make what she did for them be their salvation, even as she cut folks down! Wake up people; look past the self-anointing.

People act like they didn’t know how to pick a book or do a nice deed until she picked it out for you.

While many of you are so fooled, WHY would Stedman be almost as a “guest” instead of her MAN? For sure, GAYLE is Oprah’s man. When Steddy showed up on stage yesterday, Oppie acted like he wouldn’t even be there, as Gayle sat next to O for the/all events. If I’m being honored in such a way, my MAN is going to be on my arm, not same darn woman (i don’t care how close a “best friend” she is). Your MAN is your MAN (IF he’s your man); but Gayle occupies that role. Don’t be fooled. Even her new logo/swirly thing is in the gay pride colors. Wake up people. I say just come on out, but I know she never will.

While it was good to see a black woman do all that she did, oprah didn’t do anything to give voice to other black women, yet so many sisters are so gullible, lapping up O’s stuff. Don’t even forget: Oprah and others who are on TV/in movies have ONE goal: make money, get recognized/praised. the P & Poop just liek the rest of us. Learn YOURSELF. Think for YOURSELF. Stop being minions.

I hope WSB does NOT have Oprah reruns over the summer. But neither do I want more of WSB news. geez. I’d rather watch reruns of DWTS or “Top Cat”! LOL

Great job, Oprah, but it was time to walk away from the “give me daily praise” koolaid. C’ya…or, really NOT. I think she should just go away from it all for a while; get in touch with herself. Overexposure–not a good thing.

Steve

May 25th, 2011
8:42 pm

Like her or not, Oprah has done a lot for many people over the years. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Now why does WSB feel that they need to air the news at 4:00. Ellen it is.

Gaga

May 25th, 2011
8:51 pm

I always checked to see who Oprah had on and chose to watch or not…… but most of the time I watched! I will miss her!

Bob F.

May 25th, 2011
9:22 pm

To be honest, since the show is syndicated and on in the afternoon during the work week, I never saw the show. I don’t watch any of the “talk shows.” or reality shows or Dancing with the Stars or American Idol considering all of them a waste of time. I am well aware of Oprah’s charity work. This farewell is taking longer than it took Jimmy Durante to leave.

Zadoc Paet

May 26th, 2011
12:58 am

Wow, 25 years. That’s my entire life. I like how she didn’t say goodbye. What do you think is next for her? I think politics.
POLL: http://www.wepolls.com/r/543993

Hilary Abbott

May 26th, 2011
9:43 am

Congratulations to The 410 Bridge founder Lanny Donoho who was recognized and featured as one of three Atlantans in Oprah’s Farewell Spectacular. Lanny and his team were featured for the impact they are making in the developing world. Their efforts include providing clean water, health care, creating viable businesses through micro-enterprise programming, as well as supporting the education of thousands of children in Kenya and Haiti. Lanny is honored to have his organization’s web page on oprah.com and you can see more on The 410 Bridge organization at 410bridge.org.

who cares?!

May 26th, 2011
1:37 pm

Who gives a Squirel! The Obama pumper is gone! Hurray! Free at Last! No more Oprah!

Jeffrey

May 26th, 2011
4:29 pm

Glad,she is gone and don’t have to see her on TV at 4PM.

carla roqs

May 27th, 2011
8:08 am

wow you guys are harrrd. i may have watched oprah 2 or 3 times in my life- the sofa jumping episode, the tennis sisters, and maybe a bit of will and jada. she was not my cup of tea. but… am i proud of her as a female? yep. am i impressed with her longevity? yep. am i a h a t e r? nope. i was guilted into taping her last show, smile, havent watched it yet. but what i constantly hear is that she finally gave God due praise for her accomplishments. that is something i can respect and appreciate her for. haters! NEXT!

What did I think?

May 27th, 2011
8:38 am

What did I think of it? I think the final episode should have been 25 years ago.
Uhhhhh…Kimy – - Please find a hobby.

Rick

May 29th, 2011
12:56 pm

I am actually sad to see the Oprah show end. I am a black male who has bought his first vcr 25 years ago so that I could tape the Oprah show. I think it is amazing to see a person start with all the odds stacked against them (name a successful black female CEO and talk show host prior to Oprah) and watch that person rise to the level that Oprah Winfrey has attained. This embodies the message of Oprah’s show–”You have the power to make your life better.” Instead of complaining about the lack of opportunities, Oprah has created her own opportunities and built an empire in the process. Instead of some people learning from her example, I see a lot of people hating her for being so successful. Have any of you negative people ever heard about “crabs in a barrel” or the “Nibble Theory”. It is interesting that a lot of people hate Oprah (a black woman) for being a successful entrepreneur, but people admire black men for being succesful athletes. This tells me what is important to some people.