She ended her show on a simple, quiet note–a marked contrast to the spectacle of the two-day, celebrity-studded bash at the United Center that preceded the finale.
“There will be no guests, no surprises,” she told her audience. “You will not be getting a car. This last hour is about me saying thank you. It is my love letter to you.”
Winfrey told her audience that sometimes she was a teacher, but more often her viewers taught her. She called the episode her “last class,” and talked about the lessons she had learned over the course of the show. She urged her viewers to “be the safe harbor for somebody else, to do for them what you have said the show has done for you.”
She closed the show by saying her departure was “all bitter and no sweet” and telling her audience, “I won’t say goodbye, I’ll just say, until we meet again. To God be the glory.”