This week was the final episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show, which was taped in Chicago.
I disagree with many of Oprah's view points, but I certainly respect her for having a top ranked show on TV for about 25 years. Here's some interesting facts about the show:
During the past 25 years on the air, The Oprah Winfrey Show has welcomed approximately 30 thousand guests, including Celine Dion, who has appeared 27 times, the most of any guest. That’s just one of many Oprah Winfrey Show statistics that her production company, Harpo, has released to mark the show’s end. The final episode of Oprah airs Wednesday, May 25th.
Here are some additional stats about The Oprah Winfrey Show:
Date of the first national episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show: September 8, 1986. Topic: “How to Marry the Man/Woman of Your Choice.”
Average number of Americans who view The Oprah Winfrey Show each week: Estimated 40 million.
Number of countries outside the United States where the show is distributed: 150 countries.
Total number of show episodes: 4,561 episodes as of the finale on May 25th.
Total number of show guests for the 25 seasons: Approximately 30,000.
Celebrity guests with the highest number of appearances: Celine Dion, 27 total appearances. Chris Rock, 26 total appearances.
Number of U.S. presidents who have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show: Five. Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Total number of items Oprah has selected as “Oprah’s Favorite Things”: 283 items.
Total number of Daytime Emmy wins for Oprah Winfrey and The Oprah Winfrey Show: 48 Emmys.
Total number of audience members who have attended a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show throughout the 25 years: Approximately 1.3 million.
Total number of requests for tickets for the final 25th season of The Oprah Winfrey Show: Approximately 1.4 million.
Largest single audience for a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show: Approximately 21,000 on Michigan Avenue for “Oprah’s Season 24 Kick-Off Party!”
Total number of Oprah’s Book Club selections: 65 selections.
Total number of Oprah’s Book Club members: Nearly two million.
Total amount donated to the public charity Oprah’s Angel Network: More than $80 million.
Number of emails Oprah.com receives weekly: Approximately 25,000.
Total number of Facebook fans: More than 5.6 million.
Total number of Twitter followers: More than 5.8 million.
I've seen Ms. Winfrey several times and some other possible sightings as well. When I worked as an airport shuttle driver at Mitchell Field in Milwaukee, I've seen her go through the airport when she came to Milwaukee to visit her boy friend, Stedman Graham, who is from Milwaukee, or Oprah's mom and family.
Also, it was rumored that the Oprah Winfrey Show owned a very large yellow lake house in Hancock, WI., which is in Waushara, County. Several times, as I was driving past the lake, I would see a youngish black female running on the road and it kind of looked like Oprah and we would exchange friendly waves. Was this her, I really don't know, but that was the rumor.
So, congratulations, Ms. Winfrey, you did good and I hope your future is just as bright. And if that was you in Hancock, WI. enjoy some time off, go fishing or long walks in a beautiful area of Wisconsin.