January 18, 2017

Oprah’s star-studded finale lures Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Maria Shriver


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Oprah Winfrey taped her final episode in Chicago’s United Center on Tuesday, and a bevy of Hollywood all stars turned up for the big goodbye.

Some were expected, from Madonna and Tom Hanks to Tom Cruise and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

But one celebrity in attendance was a major shocker.

Maria Shriver showed up on Oprah’s stage, only one day after her soon-to-be-estranged husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, revealed that he had fathered a love child with one of his hose servants more than a decade ago.

“Well Oprah, for more than 30 years, you bestowed the most amazing friendship on me, given me love, support, wisdom and most of all truth,” Shriver said, according to THR. “I know I would not have gone on without receiving those gifts from you. You believed in others so they could believe in themselves. You taught young women and men to focus on learning everything you can so they can give the world everything that they are.”

Oh Oprah. Still getting the best, most-coveted guests, even on your way out the door!

THR adds that Usher closed out the show in front of more than 20,000 attendees. The star-studded extravaganza will air on May 23 and May 24, while Winfrey’s final show airs May 25.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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