Well, at least they made the whole move-a-playoff-game-to-accommodate-Oprah thing kind of make sense.
The mega-taping of two of Oprah’s last shows at the Chicago’s United Center turned into an A-List event she didn’t even have all the details for.
The shows, branded Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular, were taped in front of an audience of 13,000.
Part one featured appearances by Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle serenading Oprah with “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and Madonna.
Part two, which airs on May 24, was the big one though.
The taping of the second show began with Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who thanked Winfrey and told her she mothered millions and “that puts you in the status of a goddess”.
Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships during the 1990s, came on stage to hug Winfrey and tell her he loves her and that she inspired him.
Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder sang Isn’t She Lovely to Winfrey. Wonder followed with his own song, singing to her, “Oprah thank you for using your gifts to uplift so many hearts.”
Simon Cowell made an appearance, Rosie O’Donnell sang a Broadway-style song and Jerry Seinfeld did a comedy routine.
Grammy winner John Legend was beamed in from a school in New Orleans, and actress Dakota Fanning led a group of children talking about Winfrey’s influence on their lives.
“You always had the power, and that is the message you brought into our lives,” Cruise told Winfrey.
Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes and Diane Sawyer were there too. Beyonce sang her song Run the World (Girls) backed by dozens of dancers. Rascal Flatts performed too.
“Oprah Winfrey, because of you women everywhere have graduated to a new level of understanding of who we are, of what we are and most of all who we can be,” Beyonce said before starting her performance.
Celebrities such as Lisa Ling, Carson Kressley, Jessica Seinfeld, Ally Wentworth, Bob Greene and former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley sat in the audience.
Try not to cry when you watch this.
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