Celebrity Farewell Messages to Oprah
Since John doesn't like goodbyes, he has a song for Oprah instead: Don't like goodbyes, tears and sighs. I'm not too good at leaving time. But it says to be, now that your future is looking up, forget your past and go fill your lovin' cup. 'Cause remember, remember living is fine, and the world overhead has a clear moon shine.
"I know you think it's time to go [after 25 years]—and I so respect it because you've always been so right when it comes to what is right for you—but there is going to be a huge void left in television," Tyler says. "You've done well. God bless you. I know this is only the beginning, so whatever you do, Godspeed."
What Julia loves most about Oprah is how her thoughts and teachings have become a part of her viewers' way of life. "It's not even that aha! moment anymore—it's just that feeling of comfort all the time," she says. "She's always there. She always has something positive to say. Something comforting to say. Some inspiration. It's just a constant. It's a constant aha."
Julia has good reasons why she won't say goodbye to Oprah. "I couldn't possibly say farewell because, number one, I'll start crying and I don't have on waterproof mascara," she jokes. "Number two, I'm in denial that she will not be part of my every afternoon. How is it possible? My whole life she has been part of my every afternoon. What a great thing to get to say. I love you, Oprah. I won't say 'goodbye' or 'fare thee well.' I'll just say, 'Call me.'"
For Tom, Oprah has been "enlightenment personified." "Men now know how to communicate their feelings to their loved ones because of Oprah," he says. "Kids now know how to tell the truth about what has happened to them because of Oprah. Women will come in and talk about those secret things that have made them unhappy or kept them from their dreams coming true because Oprah has made it possible to answer the questions that everybody has. So Oprah was a pioneer in that way.
"Oprah, we are going to miss you, although you're not going anywhere. It's like you're moving out of the neighborhood. You've been down in that house on the corner for all these years. We've been able to stop by. You had great parties, and now you're leaving the neighborhood. Quite frankly, the street's not gonna be the same without Oprah Winfrey. Love you, girl."
Chris says Oprah changed his life forever. "Because without you, there's no me, there's no a lot of us. A lot of us would have been famous, but there's something about you that made us human and made us people," he says. "I thank you and I can't wait to work with you some more. Let's keep it moving."
Bob and Oprah have shared many memorable experiences together—including running a marathon side by side in 1994—and Bob says Oprah is like a sister to him. "Oprah, I'm going to tell you something that you already know and that is that you mean the world to me. And while we're saying goodbye to the show, I welcome the next phase of your life with excitement because we're all looking forward to seeing what it brings."
Mary J. has nothing but respect and admiration for Oprah as Oprah moves forward after her final season of the show. "If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be here right now," Mary J. says. "Thank you so much for inspiring me to be a better woman and inspiring me to be a strong woman like you. I love you. Don't go."
Along with her fellow Nashville neighbors, Nicole is a big fan of the show and says she's going to miss watching the show every day. "I don't think it's farewell. I just think life has to run its course in certain places, and it's run its course here. But it's kind of a beginning as well. Once again, she paves the way. Thank you."
Hugh says Oprah's final season has been the end of an unbelievable run of television. "At some point when you get to look back, I know you're gonna be incredibly proud of how you've given fully of yourself to everybody and done it with love. And that is rare, and that is why your show is so special and why it will be missed," he says. "But, because I know you're still here, then you will keep giving of your spirit in some way, and I look forward to seeing how that unfolds."
Jennifer says The Oprah Winfrey Show will be deeply missed by many, including herself. "She's going on to OWN, but she is leaving Oprah in our homes every day, and it really makes me very sad because it's something that I think we've all grown up with—you and your inspirational words and your fun and your joy and your vulnerability and your honesty," she says. "I love you for that, and we're gonna miss you deeply. Good luck."
Kidding aside, Barbara says that she believes Oprah will continue down a path of success well after The Oprah Winfrey Show comes to an end. "I think whatever you do on your 'own' new channel will enrich people's lives. And whatever you do will enrich your own life, for you have never stopped learning, and so you will be successful, my courageous friend," Barbara says. "This I know for sure."
For Diane, Oprah's courage and generosity is an inspiration. "I'm inspired by how strong she will be in trying to get the truth," Diane says. "The bravery of saying we have to look at everything and see if we can learn something from absolutely everything—even the things we can't bear to look at."
Even though The Oprah Show is ending, Diane believes that Oprah's positive impact in the world will never cease. "You know the Everest of humanity, heart and help that you created on this earth in the past 25 years," Diane says. "The only thing that is going to be as powerful as that in the world is the next 25 years."
She knows how much Oprah will be missed. "I'm not sure how we're going to fill that O-shaped space on our daytime TV viewing. You're a tough act to follow," Queen Rania says. "Goodbye and good luck. ... We're going to miss you very much."
Plus, Piers shares his heartfelt gratitude to Oprah. "Oprah, you were my first, you were my best, you'll be the one I always remember in the fondest possible way," he says. "I'm very happy for you. Thank you."
Josh says being a part of The Oprah Show was a "hair-raising experience" and one he'll never forget. "Oprah, congratulations from the bottom of my heart for 25 extraordinarily special years. It has been one of the great joys of my life and my career to be apart of the last 10...so thank you so much, and here's to 25 more! I know you're not going anywhere."
Usher tells Oprah the finale of The Oprah Show isn't the end. "I look at it as a new beginning," he says. "Farewell to all of the great memories of the past. Enjoy this moment right now because we know that the future will be much brighter. I look forward to many more years of you. I just want to tell you that I love you and I've enjoyed this time and look forward to the future."
Sissy says she's going to miss Oprah. "I think for me and for millions and millions of other people, she's like a girlfriend that we get to have tea with in the afternoon. I'm happy about her network, and I'm happy that she's going to be able to do different things, but I'm sad for us."
"I will thank her always for her honesty, her respect for her audience and also her ability to go along the rhythms of her own soul," Shirley says. "To me, she has taught me how to teach. Oprah, thank you for sharing your life so that you help others share theirs."
A young, successful Donald made his first appearance on The Oprah Show in 1988. "I think I sort of felt, 'This is really big stuff; this is really big time,'" Donald says.
Over the years, Oprah and Donald have gotten to know each other better. Donald particularly enjoyed when he brought his chef from Mar-a-Lago and they shared his turkey burger recipe. "There's great chemistry. And when there's great chemistry, I guess it's fantastic television, but we just had a great time together," Donald says. "So whether it's a turkey burger or a very serious subject, there's nobody that does it better than Oprah."
"You've brought so much joy, so much inspiration, so much love, happiness, very thought-provoking spirituality into so many people's lives—including mine—and I want to thank you for that," she says.
"Are you serious?" Wynonna asks.
"Yes! It's important! I'm a nurse," Naomi answers. She adds, "I've been studying Eckhart Tolle for actually years, had read some of his book a couple of times: A New Earth. And that's when I realized that Oprah was expanding the consciousness of people that would never ever look outside as wide a range, information and enlightenment."
While Naomi appreciates Oprah's spiritual side, Wynonna says that she loves Oprah's vulnerability. "When she cries, that's the 'real' that I am looking for. Not the famous person, but the little girl who grew up poor, who tried to make a difference in the world and has—and is an American treasure."
Naomi agrees. "She's got a shiny soul," she says.
Marie says she is grateful for the way Oprah conducted the interview about her son's tragic death. "She handled the death of my son in a way that honored him and was very gracious to my other children. As only a woman can do. As only Oprah can do," she says, confiding that when it came time to discuss the subject of her son's passing, "[T]he only place that I would ever want to do that would be Oprah."
"What a gift you have been to millions and millions of people. I was thinking that someday when school children are asked about this time of life and they'll say who really made a big difference in the world ... you know they're going to say Oprah Winfrey. And you have," she says. "God bless you for caring and loving and giving so much of yourself to bless other people's lives, including mine."
Roseanne says Oprah's show means so much to so many because it's always teaching. "There have been many of The Oprah Winfrey Shows where I've learned a ton of stuff," she says. "She's always got some level of truth that she's imparting, which I think is why her show was, you know, such a huge show for so many decades."
"We all have a little Oprah Winfrey in our heads that we converse with," she says. "We have Oprah in us. She's like our buddy even if we have never ever met her. She's always there."
Above all, Jon says Oprah has been an inspiration to an entire generation of people. "She gave of herself, which in turn, made people want to give of themselves. And now she's not going away. She's just changing direction. That, to me, is what it's all about, isn't it? It's about growth."
As The Oprah Show comes to an end, Melissa wants to share this message with Oprah: "You've changed the world. You've changed my life. You have come into our homes. You have reached into our hearts with grace and dignity, and may your life be filled with joy and happiness and fearless love every step of the way."
Celine says she'll always be grateful for Oprah's inspiration and influence. "Oprah, thank you for being part of my career and becoming a friend through the years. I love you very, very much."
Jon says he can't imagine the TV landscape without Oprah's daily presence. "Because if you leave television, we're going to have to close television. We don't want to do that," he says. "So I guess what I'm saying is, 'What are we doing for the 26th season?'"
Tina says she has been a loyal viewer for years and thanks Oprah for 25 years of memories. "Thank you for being there every day after school when I got home and ate a full Jiffy Pop and watched your show every day. Thank you for encouraging people to read. Thank you for being a force for good," Tina says. "I hope you have the greatest time of your life now with some time off."
When Oprah and her crew visited Russell's hometown of Sydney during Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure, he says, he saw the inspiration firsthand in the story of Kristian, a husband and father in the fight of his life after being diagnosed with cancer. "That's why it's been going for 25 years," Russell says. "And thankfully they're not actually stopping. What once was a talk show done in Chicago has now turned [into a] network."
But Russell says Oprah doesn't have to stop there! "You know if she pushes it and plays her cards right, we'll probably give her the country of Australia," Russell jokes. "It's a woman's world down here, so come back whenever you need to."
For her next step, Whoopi says Oprah should have some fun. "Oprah, get some rest. Do something you want to do. Go to Europe. Go to Paris. Have more fun. You need more fun, O. So do that," she says. "Because you earned it. And no one can say, 'What are you doing?' You have to just cut your eyes at 'em like this [and say], 'I'm relaxing.' That's all you have to say. Happy relaxation."
Dolly has one parting message for Oprah: "I would just like to say to Oprah that I hope life treats you kind. And I hope you have all you ever dreamed of. And I wish you joy and happiness. And above all this, I wish you love. And I will always love you."
The first time she appeared on The Oprah Show, Rosie dared to perform stand-up comedy early in the morning. "It was me and Ellen DeGeneres and Carol Leifer, and I was the only one who would do stand-up because everybody else was afraid it was too early in the morning," she says. "But I remember thinking, 'It's Oprah Winfrey. I will do whatever she asks.'"
Rosie says her favorite Oprah Show memory is when Oprah interviewed Robert Jones, a boy who became blind when he was 10 years old. During the interview, Oprah asked him if he could see in his dreams. He said he could. "That was pretty amazing. It took my knees out when I was watching it," she says. "There are moments where humans connect on a level that rings true for everyone."
Whatever her next chapter, Rosie wishes Oprah the best. "You're a constant source of inspiration, not just for me personally but for millions of people around the world. Everyone, I think, has been touched and blessed by your talent, compassion and huge heart," she says. "Bravo, Oprah Winfrey. Now go enjoy whatever it is you'll do next because I'm sure you'll conquer the world with that too."
She has worked on many stories in her eight years as an Oprah Show correspondent, and it is this sincerity and honorable devotion over all these years that Lisa says she'd like to thank Oprah for. "Thank you so much for maintaining such an incredible level of integrity and always supporting me all of these years," Lisa says. "Love you. Miss you. But we'll see you on OWN."
"It was pretty much one of the most amazing performances we've ever had," she says. "Twenty thousand people filled up Michigan Avenue. We were doing 'I Gotta Feeling.' Only one girl's dancing, and all of a sudden, it started building and building, and it was a surprise for Oprah. Not everyone gets to do that."
Before he was a guest, will.i.am says he remembers watching The Oprah Show with his mother. "Oprah, thank you for giving my mom something to look forward to all the time," he says. "Thank you so much for the 25 years, and I wish you the best."