The Oprah Winfrey Show
"I don't feel pressured, I feel honored by the spot. I feel a responsibility to give to the audience what she has done so beautiful for 25 years. You really learn this when you're around her a lot. She recognized people don't change what they do based on what they know. They change on what they feel, when you get that visceral awareness in your heart, it's important to do it. So for me, it's all about getting people to trust the good in me. And that trust is not just because they think you are honorable, it's also because they think you're competent. That marriage creates a trust that folks will follow you to."
There’s at least one interview Oprah still dreams of landing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah told an audience at The Cable Show in Chicago that she dreams of O.J. Simpson confessing to her in an interview.
“I have a dream of O.J. Simpson confessing to me,” said Winfrey to voluble cheers from the crowd at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center. "And I am going to make that happen people.”
“I don’t just want the interview,” she continued. “I want the interview on the condition that you are ready, Mr. Simpson.”
Meanwhile, according to The Live Feed, Oprah’s cable channel OWN received a bit of good news. The debut of Finding Sarah, on Sunday, scored solid ratings.
Day after ratings for The Oprah Winfrey Show had the finale pulling in the most viewers since 1994. Now, the final numbers are in. According to E! Online, Oprah’s final bow earned a stellar 16.4 million viewers. Just how big is that? E! puts the numbers into perspective by comparing them to the Lost finale (12.7 million) and the recent America’s Got Talent premiere (15.3 million).
In other Oprah related news; Deadline is reporting that Anderson Cooper’s talk show Anderson has tapped The Oprah Winfrey Show’s Lisa Morin as an executive producer.
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So just how big were the ratings for the final The Oprah Winfrey Show? According to EW.com, Oprah’s final episode pulled in the most viewers since 1994's “People Shed Their Disguises." Reportedly, Oprah’s swan song pulled in a 13.3 household rating overnight, but “it should deliver well over 15 million” when the final ratings come in.
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We eluded The Rapture last week, but it may feel like the end of the world to millions of viewers as The Oprah Winfrey Show finally says goodbye to daytime. It's been 25 seasons—a quarter of a century— of tears, laughs, exclusive interviews, how-to's, spirit guides, Gayle King, audience screaming, prize giveaways and "John Travoltaaaaaa!" And it all comes to an end today. What will The Mighty O have in store for her last curtain call? Join us as we live-blog every emotional, legendary, million-dollar minute of it.
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The curtain falls on the final The Oprah Winfrey Show today, but ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t let Oprah end her talk show without wishing her farewell. Enlisting the help of Boyz II Men, Kimmel sings “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Oprah Winfrey.” Watch the clip after the jump!