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Celebrities bid Oprah farewell at Chicago show

 Fans react to the camera as they wait for  the taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the United Center in Chicago. "The Oprah Wi...
 Clint Asaph shows off his painting of Oprah Winfrey as fans wait for  the taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the United Cente...
 Ella Acker from Forest Park, Ill., left, Rita Young from Summit, Ill., and Valeria Freeman from Chicago show off their tickets to The Oprah Winfrey S...
 Showing "Oprah" painted on her head, Victoria King from Chicago waits for  the taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the United ...
 Singer Patti LaBelle, right, hugs Oprah Winfrey as she appears during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesd...
 Oprah Winfrey wipes away tears as Tom Hanks, left, talks to her during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tues...
 Oprah Winfrey, right, stands with Beyonc�, left, and Dakota Fanning during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," ...
 Singers Patti LaBelle, left, and Josh Groban perform during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17...
 Fans wait for a star-studded double taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" as it approaches its finale Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "The Oprah Winf...
 Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes appear together during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, i...
 Oprah Winfrey speaks as she is surrounded by, from left, Patti LaBelle, Beyonc�, Madonna, Dakota Fanning and Halle Berry during a star-studded double...
 Maria Shriver appears with Oprah Winfrey during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in C...
 Madonna, right, hugs Oprah Winfrey as she appears during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2...
 Tom Hanks talks to Oprah Winfrey as she is surrounded by stars during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesd...
 Beyonc� performs during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "The Oprah Winfr...
 Halle Berry, left, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah, right, appear during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tue...
 Oprah Winfrey acknowledges fans during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "...
 Beyonc�, left, performs during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "The Opra...
 Fans hold up lights as Rascal Flatts perform during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, ...
 Oprah Winfrey hugs Dakota Fanning during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago....
 Oprah Winfrey reacts as she is surrounded by Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Jordan, right, during a star-studded double-taping o...
 Oprah Winfrey reacts as she is surrounded by Tom Cruise, left, Patti LaBelle and Josh Groban, right, during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise...
 Diane Sawyer, right, appears with Oprah Winfrey during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 201...
 Oprah Winfrey acknowledges fans during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "...
 Tom Cruise, right, appears with Oprah Winfrey during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011,...

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Fans react to the camera as they wait for the taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the United Center in Chicago. "The Oprah Wi...

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Clint Asaph shows off his painting of Oprah Winfrey as fans wait for the taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the United Cente...

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Ella Acker from Forest Park, Ill., left, Rita Young from Summit, Ill., and Valeria Freeman from Chicago show off their tickets to The Oprah Winfrey S...

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Showing "Oprah" painted on her head, Victoria King from Chicago waits for the taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the United ...

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Singer Patti LaBelle, right, hugs Oprah Winfrey as she appears during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesd...

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Oprah Winfrey wipes away tears as Tom Hanks, left, talks to her during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tues...

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Oprah Winfrey, right, stands with Beyonc�, left, and Dakota Fanning during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," ...

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Singers Patti LaBelle, left, and Josh Groban perform during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17...

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Fans wait for a star-studded double taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" as it approaches its finale Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "The Oprah Winf...

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes appear together during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, i...

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Oprah Winfrey speaks as she is surrounded by, from left, Patti LaBelle, Beyonc�, Madonna, Dakota Fanning and Halle Berry during a star-studded double...

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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, 2011, in C...

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Madonna, right, hugs Oprah Winfrey as she appears during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2...

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Tom Hanks talks to Oprah Winfrey as she is surrounded by stars during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesd...

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Beyonc� performs during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "The Oprah Winfr...

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Halle Berry, left, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah, right, appear during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tue...

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Oprah Winfrey acknowledges fans during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "...

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Beyonc�, left, performs during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "The Opra...

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Fans hold up lights as Rascal Flatts perform during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, ...

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Oprah Winfrey hugs Dakota Fanning during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago....

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Oprah Winfrey reacts as she is surrounded by Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Jordan, right, during a star-studded double-taping o...

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Oprah Winfrey reacts as she is surrounded by Tom Cruise, left, Patti LaBelle and Josh Groban, right, during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise...

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Diane Sawyer, right, appears with Oprah Winfrey during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 201...

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Oprah Winfrey acknowledges fans during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "...

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Tom Cruise, right, appears with Oprah Winfrey during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011,...

Hollywood's A-list celebrities bid a star-studded farewell to Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday in a double-taping of her TV talk show that included messages from her fans around the world.
Tom Hanks and then Tom Cruise greeted Winfrey after she came on stage to a standing ovation from the audience of 13,000 gathered for "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular." Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" as Winfrey sat in a white chair onstage.
"Was that not the coolest?" Winfrey said when they finished. She announced in November 2009 that she would end her popular talk show after 25 years.
Madonna told the crowd that she is among the millions of people who are inspired by Winfrey.
"She fights for things she believes in, even if it makes her unpopular," Madonna said.
Grammy winner John Legend was beamed in from a school in New Orleans and actress Dakota Fanning led a group of children talking about Winfrey's influence on their lives.
"You always had the power, and that is the message you brought into our lives," Cruise told Winfrey.
Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes and Diane Sawyer were there too. Beyonce sang her song "Run the World (Girls)" backed by dozens of dancers.
"Oprah Winfrey because of you women everywhere have graduated to a new level of understanding of who we are, of what we are and most of all who we can be," Beyonce said before starting her performance.
The stadium was decorated with pictures of Winfrey at seminal moments over the course of her talk show. Boxes of tissues were on scattered seats throughout the audience.
Before the taping, the guest lineup for "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" was a secret, but the show quickly delivered on promises from Winfrey's producers that the biggest names in Hollywood would be there.
Tuesday's taping will air May 23 and 24, before Winfrey's final show on May 25.
Harpo Productions received more than 154,000 ticket requests for seats to Tuesday's event. Tickets were free and distributed to fans through a lottery. About 13,000 fans were at Tuesday's tapings.
The show also included messages for Winfrey from some not-so-famous admirers. Female American soldiers gave a taped message from Iraq and three female fans from countries around the world came on stage.
Fans started lining up outside hours before the taping started.
Cathy Deters, 52, of Cincinnati drove to Chicago without a ticket, but someone outside the stadium gave her one.
"I don't think anyone could replace Oprah Winfrey," said Deters, an energy broker. "Not many people will have the chance to experience this."
Celebrities such as Lisa Ling, Carson Kressley, Jessica Seinfeld, Ally Wentworth, Bob Greene and former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley sat in the audience.
The content of the final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is still under wraps.
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AP reporter Alicia Rancilio contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-03-01 19:12 GMT+08:00