The final episode of Winfrey's long-running programme, which has broadcast for the past 25 years, aired on US television today, with the presenter bidding an emotional farewell to the show and those who supported her throughout its run.
Addressing the audience, which included long-term partner Stedman Graham, friend and confidante Gayle King, collaborator Tyler Perry and her fourth-grade teacher Mrs Duncan, Winfrey announced: "There are no words to match this moment."
Rather than following the traditional format of guests and features, the show focused on Winfrey alone, as she reflected on the past 25 years of her life.
"Today, there will be no guests, there will be no makeovers or surprises," she revealed. "You will not be getting a car or a tree. This last hour is really about me saying thank you.
"It is my love letter to you. I want to leave you all with the lessons that have been the anchor for my life and the ones that I hold most precious.
"Every day that I stood here, I knew that this was exactly where I was supposed to be."
Winfrey also took the opportunity to share her message of empowerment one final time, telling her studio audience and the viewers at home: "Everybody has a calling... Not everybody gets paid for it, but everybody gets called.
"My great wish for all of you who've allowed me to honour my calling is you carry whatever you're supposed to be doing forward. Don't waste any more time. Use your light to serve the world."
Closing the show, Winfrey said that the ending would be "all sweet, no bitter", and added: "I thank you all for your support and trust in me. I thank you for sharing this yellow brick road of blessings… Thank you for being as sweet an inspiration to me as I was to you.
"I won't say goodbye, I'll just say, until we meet again. To God be the glory."
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