Can Rosie O'Donnell Help Oprah Save Struggling OWN? (VIDEO)

In her first week on the job at her OWN network, Oprah Winfrey discovered she was in for a much different experience than her 25-year tenure on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' In a note on her Facebook page, she wrote, "It's ten times harder than doing my daily show." 'The Insider' (weekdays, 7PM on CBS) reported on Winfrey's efforts to improve the network, including hiring Rosie O'Donnell to do her own show. According to 'Insider,' OWN is the 63rd ranked cable network and Web site traffic has recently plunged by 50 percent. Winfrey is hoping O'Donnell's show, which shoots on Winfrey's old set, will give the network a boost when it debuts this fall. O'Donnell seems happy to be involved. "We did like a four-hour sort of sit down, what's going on, what do you think," she said. "At the end of it, she's like, what do you say we do this. I'm like, I'm in."

Oprah's finale draws a huge audience

We won't know the final numbers for a while, but we do know this: The final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" scored big ratings.Preliminary metered-market ratings for Winfrey's last show on Wednesday (May 25) have the program at a 13.3 household rating. That's its best number since 1994 -- which was eight years into "The Oprah Winfrey Show's" 25-year run and before anyone had ever heard of Dr. Phil.A final viewer count from Nielsen won't be available for a couple weeks, but the 13.3 rating should translate to somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 million viewers. That would make the "Oprah" finale one of the most-watched programs of this week regardless of where or when it aired; it's likely that only "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars" will rank higher.The most recent final ratings for Winfrey's show come from the week of May 9-13, where it averaged a 5.4 rating among households and...

Oprah Winfrey's final farewell show: 10 lessons learned

Warning: We woke up early to watch the first airing of Oprah's once-and-for-all, no-takebacks final show. So, spoilers lurk below -- if you consider life lessons spoilers.Oprah Winfrey spent her final hour transitioning into what could possibly be her post-talk show career: preaching. Sure, we're used to Oprah's never-ending (and mostly sound) advice, but usually those lessons are tempered with a few celebs and some free stuff to lighten the mood. On Wednesday (May 25), the longtime talk show host preached the gospel of Oprah directly to "her people." And, if you ask her, Oprah's people are not only in the studio audience, but behind TVs across the country and in 150 others around the world.And so it was that the hour came off as a little bit overwrought, a little bit self-important and downright over-induldgent. Not that Oprah didn't deserve to overdo it a little bit after 25 years on the air. But one...

Your Favorite 'Oprah Winfrey Show' Moments

Get those tissues out because it's time for Oprah's big goodbye. The daytime diva is wrapping up 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' after 25 years of laughs, tears, Favorite Things and free cars. It's no secret that Oprah has had a profound effect on her viewers and the TV landscape as a whole -- just look at this list of wannabe Oprah talk show hosts who've come and gone during the big O's reign. To honor Oprah and you, her loyal viewers, we asked for your favorite 'Oprah Winfrey Show' moments on Facebook and Twitter using the #OprahMoment hashtag. From big gifts to heartbreaking tales, check out what you deemed your favorite 'Oprah' moments.

The Parade of Guest Stars Continues on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

The Op-rapture continued Monday on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), as more and more stars lined up to say goodbye to Oprah Winfrey and her show. The final episodes air Monday and Wednesday: A special two-part "Farewell Spectacular" taped live at the United Center in Chicago. A parade of guests, including Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle, Madonna, Diane Sawyer and more, appeared on stage to honor Winfrey. Beyonce also showed up to sing her new song, 'Run the World,' introduced by a young girl who said, "Because of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' we believe girls can run the world." Winfrey responded by yelling "girls, girls, girls" from the audience. Winfrey ended up addressing the crowd. "Thank you for being part of this," she said, "this great night, this celebration of what you have done for 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' " Who's left for Wednesday?

Who Is Oprah Winfrey's All-Time Favorite Guest?

It's been 25 years, but Oprah finally has a favorite guest  of all time . It's not Tom Cruise — or even James Frey — but Dr. Tererai Trent, a woman from a poverty-stricken village in Zimbabwe who is determined to offer the children there the education she was barred from obtaining.   "She's my favorite because she symbolizes everything I believe the  Oprah  show stands for," Winfrey said. "Her story encapsulates the essence of every lesson we've shared over the past 25 years: hope, your thoughts create your reality, gratitude, it doesn't matter where you come from, keep reaching for your dreams, and above all, you have the power." Read More...

Jennifer Aniston and Hugh Jackman Say Goodbye to 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

It's getting down to the final days of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), and the stars are starting to line up to pay their tribute. The final show airs May 25, and big names like Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Beyonce have shown up at tapings for the finale. Today, it was Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Aniston who appeared in pre-taped clips saying an emotional goodbye to Winfrey and the show. "It really makes me very sad," Aniston said, "cause it's something that I think we've all grown up with." Aniston praised Winfrey for her inspirational words, honesty and joy, and said she'll miss her deeply. Wolverine (a.k.a. Jackman) was also surprisingly tender. "At some point, when you get to look back, I know you're going to be incredibly proud of how you've given fully of yourself to everybody and done it with love," he said. "And that is rare." Read More...

Ralph Lauren Compares His Design Work to Making Movies on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

Oprah Winfrey knows a few things about starting trends. But she met a master on Wednesday's 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) when she interviewed Ralph Lauren on his Colorado ranch. Lauren is the fashion designer who popularized the Polo shirt, which is now a wardrobe staple, and his clothes have been fashionable for decades. His approach is to design is like creating little movies, he said. If you showed him a woman and told him to design a dress for her, Lauren said he couldn't do it. "But if you say she lives in a mansion or she lives in SoHo and she's an artist," he said, "I could design exactly how she should look and how her hair should be, what she should be wearing, and I'd create a world around her." Winfrey called it storytelling. Lauren called it "a consistency of vision" that envelopes his life and work, and that includes being married to the same woman for 46 years. That's an impressive feat

Celebs Offer Thoughts on Oprah Winfrey's Final Shows (VIDEO)

At the taping of Oprah Winfrey's final episodes of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' celebs came out in force and gushed over the media mogul on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated). "She has set the watermark for quality in television, daytime and nighttime, and it's going to be my desire, my goal and my hope to reach that level, or somewhere close to it, to make her happy and proud," said Rosie O'Donnell, who is set to debut a new talk show on Winfrey's OWN network.

Oprah's Final Shows: A Play-by-Play of Her Over-the-Top Goodbye

We still don't know what's happening for Oprah's big finale, but we've got a play-by-play of her penultimate episodes thanks to Lindsay Powers, Deputy Editor of . Note: This is being updated in real-time, as the episodes tape, so keep refreshing for more. They taped two huge extravaganza episodes today at Chicago's United Center, to air May 23 and 24 before the show's finale on Wed., May 25. While these episode turned out to be huge productions, what will happen on her May 25 finale is still unknown, save the news that guests Will and Jada Pinkett Smith will be joining her for the final goodbye. Diehard Oprah fans, please know that MAJOR SPOILERS are after the jump. Not to say that it'll ruin the joy of watching this insanely celeb-packed episode, but just ... beware.