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The best of the star-studded Oprah farewell

Last updated on: May 25, 2011 13:09 IST

The best of the star-studded Oprah farewell

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The Oprah show, hosted by the multitalented Oprah Winfrey, is finally winding up after 25 record-breaking, incredibly successful seasons.

And before Oprah's final episode -- slated to be a surprise known only to Winfrey and her closest -- the biggest stars of Hollywood came together to pay tribute to the queen of the talkshow.

Here, then, are ten highlights from the two hour Oprah farewell special:

Tom Cruise

Things kicked off with a pair of Toms (Tom-Tom, perhaps?) as Tom Hanks hosted the first hour of the show, with Tom Cruise showing up as the first guest.

Cruise, who announced that he'd been on the Oprah show a dozen times, must remember his couch-jumping on the show: surely one of his most infamous moments.


Image: Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise
Photographs: Reuters/John Gress
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Madonna

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The outspoken pop superstar took the stage next, only to admit that Oprah Winfrey was the only living person who she looked on to for inspiration.

It's a massive compliment, even if Oprah's been all about positive affirmation and a healthy body image, and Madonna of late seems all about a faux-British accent and a weird body.


Image: Madonna
Photographs: Reuters/John Gress
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Halle Berry

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Halle Berry, the only black woman to win a Best Actress Oscar, was joined by Academy Award nominee Queen Latifah and Tom Cruise's wife Katie Holmes.

The trio congratulated Oprah and reminded her how her show has led to thousands of viewers worldwide becoming foster parents as well as starting and supporting charities.


Image: Halle Berry
Photographs: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
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Beyonce

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All the guests came back to stage to wrap up the first hour of the show, with an array of musical guests including Beyonce Knowles, Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle and Rascal Flatts.

Beyonce, the obvious headliner, has always described herself as a huge Oprah fan. A visibly overwhelmed Oprah hugged all her guests one by one


Image: Beyonce
Photographs: Reuters/John Gress
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Michael Jordan

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Basketball superstar Michael Jordan was the first guest of the second hour of the show, the hour hosted by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Jordan, the biggest sporting icon basketball has ever seen, informed Oprah that he moved to Chicago -- where he played memorably for the Chicago Bulls -- in the same year that Winfrey did, 1984.

Image: Michael Jordan
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Jerry Seinfeld

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Co-creator and face of Seinfeld, one of the most successful sitcoms in television history, Jerry Seinfeld -- who has recently launched his own website www.jerryseinfeld.com to give aspiring comedians a glimpse into his older material -- performed an all-new standup comedy routine to bid Oprah's show a fond farewell

Image: Jerry Seinfeld
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Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder

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Jamie Foxx, who won an Oscar for playing blind jazz legend Ray Charles in Ray, sang next, alongside another visually-impaired legend.

Stevie Wonder played the piano while Foxx sang, leaving Oprah visibly thrilled. Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell sang as well, performing Fever while changing the words to make the song about missing Oprah.


Image: Stevie Wonder, Oprah and Jamie Foxx
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Maya Angelou with Alicia Keys

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Joanne Braxton once called the poet Maya Angelou "America's most visible black female autobiographer." Angelou, who wrote a poem specifically for Winfrey, performed the work while Alicia Keys played the piano.

Oprah's best friend Maria Shriver -- dealing with the shocking revelations coming from husband Arnold Schwarzenegger -- joined her for the show.


Image: Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey

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Stedman Graham

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Perhaps the biggest moment of the night for the iconic talkshow host, however, came when her longtime partner Stedman Graham came on stage to pay affectionate tribute to her.

Oprah completely freaked out, saying, "Holy Jesus from God, what is happening? Stedman is on stage!" It was a candid, off-guard and quite lovely moment.


Image: Stedman Graham
Photographs: Reuters/John Gress
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Usher

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Stedman finally introduced soul superstar Aretha Franklin, the first female artist to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Franklin -- perhaps most famous for the R.E.S.P.E.C.T song -- belted out a number for Oprah to thunderous applause before R&B star Usher came in and finished off the show.

Image: Usher
Photographs: Reuters/John Gress
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