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Oprah Winfrey Tapes Double Episode, Shriver in Attendance

Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan
during a star-studded double-taping of “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is ending its run May 25, after 25 years, and millions of her fans around the globe are waiting to see how she will close out a show that spawned a media empire. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Winfrey Chicago Show Mian
during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is ending its run May 25, after 25 years, and millions of her fans around the globe are waiting to see how she will close out a show that spawned a media empire. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Oprah is going out with a bang.

The world-famous talk show host taped a double episode on Tuesday that will premiere on May 23 and 24, before her finale on May 25.

Oprah’s fans showed up in a big way, with 13,000 screaming fans packing into Chicago’s United Center on Tuesday night for the celebrity extravaganza.

“Thank you is not enough, but thank you,” Winfrey told the crowd, according to the Associated Press. ”For your love and your support, thank you.”

Actors, musicians and athletes came out to honor Oprah one last time before she leaves her show forever.

In attendance were: Aretha Franklin, who sang “Amazing Grace,” Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise (famous for jumping on Oprah’s on-stage sofa) and Chicago’s favorite athlete—Michael Jordan.

Maria Shriver also happened to be at Oprah’s giant party; on the same day the world learned that her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, had a child with a member of his staff ten years ago.

According to the Associated Press, Shriver thanked Oprah for her support over the years.

“You have given me love, support, wisdom and most of all the truth,” Shriver said. “And I know I’m not alone in receiving those gifts from you.”

Among the performers were: Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle, Beyonce and the country group, Rascall Flatts.

In 2009, Winfrey announced that she was going to end one of TV’s most popular talk shows after 25 years.

It is still unclear what Oprah has in store for her fans during her final episode.

Although the show that made her one of the most powerful women in the country is nearly over, Oprah still has plenty on her plate.

For years she’s had her own magazine, a radio show on Sirius XM, and now, OWN—the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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