After 25 years, the final week of all new Oprah begins on Monday, September 5th, with the unmissable Oprah finale screening on Friday, September 9th at 2pm on 3.
“It’s our audience I’ll miss the most,” Winfrey explained leading to her final week. “The people we’ve reached who have responded in kind and in kindness.”
And so, fittingly, this week’s finale “is going to be about that deep connection between Oprah and the viewers,” says executive producer Sheri Salata. “It’s been an unbelievable feat to establish a relationship with millions of people. And she’s done it.”
That bond, for many of Oprah’s viewers, can be a spiritual one. “Oprah is a powerful voice in their lives, not unlike a pastor,” says Kathryn Lofton, author of Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon. “She believes her work is a mission, that she was meant to connect her life to theirs for the betterment of the world.”
Still, Oprah likes to have a good time, and fans will see that side of her in full force during a two-part special, screening on Wednesday, September 7th and Thursday, September 8th, filmed at Chicago’s United Center in front of 20,000 fans, Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular will feature a galaxy of celebrities and surprises!
“Oprah had killed the possibility of a prime-time special,” says Salata. “She said, ‘We are not going to sit there and do Oprah, Oprah, Oprah, you’re so fabulous.’ But the end of the season was screaming for some sort of celebration.”
“I thought she would be more comfortable not being a part of it, not knowing who’s being asked or what we’re doing, even though she doesn’t like surprises. My most compelling argument was that it would be about what the show has meant in viewers’ lives for 25 years. She said she’d pray on it, and then she agreed.”
Make sure not to miss this Oprah action in the lead up to the final episode screening on Friday, September 9th at 2pm on 3.