Spoiler alert! If you plan on watching Oprah's 2nd and 3rd to last shows on the 23rd and 24th, then don't read any further!
This night ALL of the stars on the planet came out to honor Oprah in her "Surprise Spectacular." Even she didn't know what was supposed to happen because her staff had her sequestered away in the sound-proof green room until the show began. The biggest applause of the night was for Michael Jordan. His intro brought back the glory days of the Bulls at the Stadium. The familiar music began and the announcer's voice said, "At guard, 6'6" from North Carolina...." And the crowd erupted! Even Oprah kept referring to Michael throughout the evening and how surprised she was at seeing him there. Another favorite moment of mine occurred when the successful, hard-working men of Morehouse College in Alabama entered the stadium all holding candles. The rest of the crowd was asked to put their glow rings on and then the whole venue looked like one big snowglobe sparkling to the rafters. We were all supplied with tissue boxes and had one collective "ugly cry" at this moment in the show.
Guests included Tom Hanks, Will and Jada Smith, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle, Madonna, Dakota Fanning, Beyonce, John Legend (who appeard onscreen from New Orleans), Diane Sawyer, Rascal Flats, Halle Barry, Queen Latifah, Michael Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Kristin Chenoweth, Jerry Seinfeld, Simon Cowell, Rosie O'Donnell, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Nate Berkus, Gayle King, Maria Shriver (just receiving the nasty news about the "Sperminator" earlier), Tyler Perry, Alicia Keys, Maya Angelou, Jackie Evancho ("America's Got Talent"), Stedman Graham, Aretha Franklin and Usher.
Oprah said of the evening, "It feels like the rapture." I couldn't agree more.
Brunch was prepared the following day for Oprah's friends and family at Chef Art Smith's restaurant, Table 52.
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