Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey

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As the applause swells, Oscar® winner and frequent Oprah Show guest Tom Hanks joins Oprah center stage.

"Oprah Winfrey, today you are surrounded by nothing but love," he says. "Now, we know that you do not like surprises, but let me see if I can put you at ease. There was an English playwright who once said, 'There's no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved.' That's what this night is all about."

Of course, pulling off this farewell tribute—and keeping it a tightly guarded secret from Oprah herself—is no easy feat. Tom says, "Some might say pulling off this party is, in fact, darn near a mission impossible..."

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