Yours truly was lucky enough to be invited to the taping of two of Oprah’s last shows. (The final episode was taped yesterday and airs today.) Thanks to Dove, I was able to take part in history making tv.
I sat in the audience that was at least 20,000 strong at Chicago’s United Center. Oprah’s Surprise Spectacular was injected with a slew of celebrity pals that all droned on about how fabulous O is and how they have touched her life.
Where else can you see Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Madonna, Dakota Fanning, Patti LaBelle, Beyonce, Katie Holmes, Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin, Maya Angelou, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Maria Shriver and Alicia Keys all in one place?
Thing honest thing is…this was a once in a lifetime thing. Some people would trade an organ for tickets to two of the final episodes Oprah that started as a talk show and grew into an empire.
As for the real factor…here is my honest view of what happened when the cameras weren’t rolling.