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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 THR.com . 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. //www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/17/oprahs-final-shows-play-by-play/

'The Oprah Winfrey Show' to Tape Star-Studded Farewell Edition Today

As 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' prepares to bow out, thousands of fans are expected to pack out Chicago's United Center today for the taping of a double episode, 'Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular'. Although details of the guest lineup have been kept strictly under wraps, it's expected to be a star-studded affair. Executive producer Sheri Salata told the Associated Press that the celebrity response "has been a resounding 'yes'." "Celebrities from film, television and music feel a deep appreciation for the support they have received from Oprah and the show over the years," Salata said. "Oprah will be very touched by that gratitude." Read More... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/17/the-oprah-winfrey-show-set-to-tape-star-studded-farewell-editi/

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to Appear on Oprah Finale

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will appear on the final episode of Oprah Winfrey's talk show, The Daily reports. While it's doubtful that Winfrey's final hour of the show that made her a superpower will be devoted solely to a sit-down with the Smiths, so far no other finale guests are known... //www.tvguide.com/News/Oprah-Finale-Guests-1032948.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Oprah Winfrey Plans Two-Episode Interview With James Frey

During the final week of Oprah Winfrey's talk show, the host will revisit one of her most controversial interviews. Winfrey will again sit down with author James Frey over the course of two episodes set to air May 16 and 17, the Associated Press reports.  //www.tvguide.com/News/Oprah-Winfrey-James-Frey-1032928.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Oprah Sounds Off on Jennifer Hudson No-Show: "I've Never Been Stood Up Before"

We wish someone would have told Jennifer Hudson that if theres one person you DONT want mad at you, its Oprah Winfrey. Jennifer apparently irritated the legendary talk show host by showing at Oprahs Harpo Studios in Chicago to sound-check for the next days taping, but then sneakily flying back to Texas for a gig. Due to severe weather in Chicago, Jennifers flight back to Chicago was delayed, and she missed her scheduled appearance on Oprahs show.While Jennifers Oprah episode seemed fine remember... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/r2UZHMllp9s/oprah-sounds-off-on-jennifer-hudson-noshow-ive-never-been-stood-up-before

Chaz Bono Talks Becoming a Man, Cher's Reaction on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

Chaz Bono legally became a man last year after gender-reassignment surgery and a change from his old name, Chastity. But as he said today on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), it has been a tough battle. Bono has a documentary, 'Becoming Chaz,' which premieres tomorrow on Winfrey's OWN Network. Winfrey quoted Bono talking about how his parents set his public image when he was 2, showing off their daughter on television. He was then "Sonny and Cher's adorable daughter Chastity, for better or for worse." //www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/09/chaz-bono-oprah-cher-reaction-video/

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts Say Goodbye to Oprah (VIDEO)

'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) is winding down to a dwindling few episodes, and on today's edition, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts had heartfelt comments about Winfrey and her show. Hanks talked about how Winfrey's openness has helped people: "Men now know how to communicate their feelings to their loved ones because of Oprah, kids now know how to tell the truth about what has happened to them, because of Oprah ... Love you, girl." "She's always there, she always has something positive to say," Roberts said, almost on the verge of tears ... "I couldn't possibly say farewell ... I'm in denial that she won't be part of my every afternoon." That's a sentiment that millions of viewers must be feeling about the end of the show. //www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/07/tom-hanks-and-julia-roberts-say-goodbye-to-oprah/

Lady Gaga Sings Oprah Winfrey a Farewell Tune (VIDEO)

Both Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey are counting down the days. Gaga has a new album, 'Born This Way,' coming out May 23. A couple of days later, on May 25, the last 'Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) will air. So it was a nice bit of cross-promotion for Lady Gaga to come on the show and sing Winfrey a farewell song. Dressed like a Klingon widow and sitting at a keyboard horned into a giant golden shoe, Gaga regaled the audience with a refrain about Winfrey's 25 years, set over cheesy power chord rock, repeating the phrase "you and I" a lot for some unclear reason. Did we mention the church windows? Yes, there were church windows. Gaga and Oprah (an introduction Letterman would loved to have made) then embraced. In a nifty little plug for the album, Winfrey said, "You've encouraged people to be comfortable being born the way they are." If this is true, Gaga owes mom a big Mother's Day present for being born in a plastic-looking blazer with big pointy shoulders. //www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/05/lady-gaga-sings-oprah-winfrey-a-farewell-tune-video/

Oprah's farewell gets even bigger; guests still secret, ticket registration opens Friday

The goodbye extravaganza for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is going to be a big event. Like, basketball-arena big.The taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" will take place not at Winfrey's studio (capacity a few hundred) but at Chicago's United Center, home of the Bulls and Blackhawks (capacity 20,000 or so). It's scheduled to tape on May 17 and will air May 23 and 24; the guest list is still a secret, even to Oprah herself."As most of our viewers know, being surprised is not one of Oprah's favorite things," "Oprah Winfrey Show" executive producer Sheri Salata says. "In the spirit of our farewell season, she is making a rare exception and we intend to make the most of that opportunity. It will be something to see!"You can register for free tickets to the "Farewell Spectacular" on Oprah.com starting at 11 a.m. ET (10 Central time) Friday (April 29). Team Oprah will determine who gets... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/04/oprahs-farewell-gets-even-bigger-guests-still-secret-ticket-registration-opens-friday.html

Video: Sneak Peek to President Obama's Appearance on 'Oprah'

" The Oprah Winfrey Show " has taped an episode featuring President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle on Wednesday, April 27 as scheduled. A sneak peek to the couple's visit has now been made available for viewing pleasure, revealing that Obama's birth certificate issue is going to be discussed during the interview.   "Why did you wait so long, though?" Oprah asked the president. "When it first came up, were you thinking, I hope I was born here?" Wearing a formal suit with his wife sitting next to him, he responded, "Can I just say? I was there, so I knew that - I knew I had been born. I remembered it."    Read More... //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00040089.html