Finale of ‘Oprah Winfrey’ Airs After 25-Year Run

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Oprah Winfrey walked on stage for her talk show finale Wednesday to a standing ovation from her studio audience before thanking her viewers for watching for a quarter of a century.

“Twenty-five years and I’m still saying ‘Thank you America,'” Winfrey said. “Thank you so much. There are no words to match this moment.”

Winfrey told them that sometimes she was a teacher, but more often her viewers taught her. She called the episode her “last class.”

The show’s first moment was a clip of Winfrey’s first show. She taped the last episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Tuesday in Chicago.

Winfrey was the only person on stage with little background music and very short flashback clips.

“When she came out, her appearance, the way she stepped on stage and the message she brought about finding yourself, your purpose,” said audience member Wanda Nash, 47, of Chicago, an executive assistant and foster parent. “It was all about Oprah.”

Winfrey kissed and hugged her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, and made her way through the halls of Harpo Studios, saying goodbye to her staff, audience members said.