Oprah’s final episodes will be a 3-part extravaganza featuring cameos from so many celebrities, we’ve lost count. Yesterday, she taped two of the last three episodes in front of 20,000 fans in Chicago’s United Center as part of her “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” send-off.
Beyonce opened with a performance of “Run The World (Girls).” Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith acted as hosts. Alicia Keys accompanied Maya Angelou on piano as she recited a poem about Oprah. Stedman introduced Aretha Franklin who brought Oprah to tears with her rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Jamie Foxx sang “Isn’t She Lovely” with Stevie Wonder on piano. And Usher closed the evening with a medley of “OMG” and “Oh Happy Day,” bringing out a choir.
Also making appearances are Halle Berry, Tyler Perry, Queen Latifah, Patti LaBelle, Gayle King, Michael Jordan, Madonna, Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes, Simon Cowell, Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’ Donnell, Dakota Fanning, Maria Shriver and Oprah’s frequent guests Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and Nate Berkus.
Tom Hanks hosted the event saying, “Now, Oprah, I know you do not like surprises. Let me see if I can put you at ease. There was an English playwright who said there’s no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved, and that is what tonight is all about … pulling off this little show at the United Center has been the best-kept secret.”
The “Surprise Oprah!” two-part series airs May 23 and 24, before her final episode on May 25.