Oprah Winfrey's Final Shows To Feature Rosie O'Donnell, Queen Latifah, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LaBelle and More
By Andrew Gans
Stars from stage and screen were part of the four-hour May 17 taping of Oprah Winfrey's upcoming May 23 and 24 broadcasts at Chicago's United Center, which seats more than 20,000 people.
Tom Hanks, Billboard.com reports, hosted the first half, which featured appearances by Tom Cruise, "America's Got Talent" performer Jackie Evancho, Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle, Madonna, Dakota Fanning, Beyonce, Diane Sawyer, Halle Berry, Katie Homes, Queen Latifah and Rascal Flatts.
The second portion, hosted by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, featured Michael Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Seinfeld, Simon Cowell, Rosie O'Donnell, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Maria Shriver, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Angelou, Alicia Keys, Stedman Graham, Aretha Franklin and Usher.
After the performances, Winfrey said, "I've never experienced anything like this and I say once again thank you for taking me to a place that's beyond joyous. I'm going to have to process it and look at it on tape to see what actually happened here. It feels like the rapture, so thank you all for that!"
Winfrey's final show airs May 25.
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