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Oprah Winfrey tapes last show

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Oprah Winfrey tapes last show
Poet Maya Angalou (L) reads a new poem about Oprah Winfrey to Oprah during the taping of “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” at the United Center in Chicago on May 17. 2011. The show, which featured several surprise celebrity guests, will air over two days, May 23 and 24. Oprah's final show will be a normal episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" taped at Harpo Studios and will air on May 25. UPI/David Banks | License Photo

CHICAGO, May 25 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey said "until we meet again" instead of "goodbye" to the audience for the final episode of her 25-year-old talk show in Chicago.

Winfrey, 57, ended her iconic series this week to focus on her OWN cable television network.

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UsMagazine.com said Winfrey reminisced during the show's Wednesday finale with the crowd of 300, which included her close friends Maria Shriver and Gayle King, and her longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham.

"Each one of you has their own platform. Mine is a stage in a studio. Yours is wherever you are," USA Today quoted Winfrey as telling her fans. "You can help somebody, you can forgive, you can listen, you can heal -- you have the power to change someone's life."

At the end of the show, she said gratitude "is the single greatest treasure I will take with me from this experience."

"I thank you for sharing this yellow brick road of blessings. I won't say goodbye -- I'll just say, 'Until we meet again,'" she added.

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