Oprah Winfrey taped two of her last shows on Tuesday night (May 17) in front of thousands of fans inside Chicago’s United Center. The shows are set to air on national television on May 23 and 24, and are dubbed “Oprah's Surprise Spectacular,” because not even Oprah knew who the celebrity guests paying tribute would be.
TRIBUTES TO OPRAH
Madonna: 'It's no secret that millions of people are inspired by Oprah,' she said. 'I am one of those people …
She fights for things she believes in, even if it makes her unpopular … I have learned so much from her.
She's a self-made woman who's been at the top of her game for over 25 years – and she's still kicking ass, I vow to be more courageous and never give upâ€¦. Thank you for inspiring me.'
Tom Hanks: 'Your show has turned surprise into an art form. You are surrounded by nothing but love.'
Maria Shriver: '(Oprah) has given me love, support, wisdom and most of all the truth. (I'm ) not alone in receiving those gifts.'
Dakota Fanning: 'Weâ€™re Oprah show babies. She's taught us we are enoughâ€¦ our lives have value.'
Beyonce: 'Oprah Winfrey, because of you, women have graduated to a new level of understandingâ€¦ of who we can be. We can run the world!'
Diane Sawyer (while talking about how a tree grows): 'That is like life, that is like you. That is The Oprah Winfrey Show.'
Halle Berry: '(Oprah has taught us) Weâ€™re more alike than different. All pain is the same.'
Will Smith: 'Oprah said if this didnâ€™t work out for her, she would have become a 4th grade teacher. You did become a teacher, with the whole world as your classroom.'
Rosie O'Donnell: 'You saved us from depression when you gave us Dr. Phil.'