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Sidney Poitier is here and has a special message to celebrate Oprah's 20 years on air! "In these last 20 years, America's media industry would have been considerably less vibrant without the genius of Oprah Winfrey," he reads from his letter.

"As an audience, you have seen her vision on your screens. As a friend, I have seen it in action. For 20 years it has remained something to behold. Oprah, congratulations from us all for the past 20 years. May all our best wishes travel with you as your journey continues into the future!"

After taking a moment to wipe her tears, Oprah thanks Sidney and says, "I don't like surprises. I don't know how they kept it from me, because for two months I've been saying, 'No surprises.' But that was worth it!"
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FROM: Twenty Years of Oprah's Favorite Moments
Published on January 01, 2006

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