Not since last year’s Lost finale has there been more heated speculation about how a show will end. While one can only assume things will be decidedly different (with seemingly less smoke monsters) during the final episode of The Oprah Show (“Everybody welcome Mr. Ekoooooooo!” “You get a hatch and you get a hatch!”), it’s still anyone’s guess as to how the Queen of All Media will bow out. See the emphasis on how? Sure, we’ve all guessed who will pay a visit to the big O during the very last episode of her show, but what will be the tone of the final episode?
Oprah executive producer Sheri Salata announced via her Twitter that the talk show finale would tape today (ruling out for good the live finale possibility), but she kept very mum — and understandably so — on how it was all going to come to a close. We could look at some of Oprah’s most recent shows for an idea: The first part of the “Farewell Spectacular” that aired Monday was hardly a subdued affair. This was a full-blown going-away party packed with tearful montages and star power (Beyoncé, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Halle Berry) to boot. But while it was certainly nice for the thousands of screaming fans packed into the United Center in Chicago (on the ear-piercing decibel meter, it was as if Winfrey announced she was actually going to give Michael Jordan away as one of her Favorite Things), the intimate atmosphere the host had created with viewers over the past 25 years felt a little lost in the shuffle.
I’d personally like to see a more reflective, less show-y, well, show, from her cozy Harpo Studios. I can only begin to imagine what kind of madness will prevail during part two of the “Farewell Spectacular” (though those of us who don’t mind spoilers can get an idea from EW’s live blog of the show), but I think it will be best to get all the over-the-top extravaganza business out of the way for a more restrained, albeit still touching, goodbye. At least, I’m fully prepared to ugly cry.
What do you hope to see during the final episode of Oprah, PopWatchers? Are you hoping for more celebrity appearances or should it be a more toned-down affair? Also: Be sure to check back to EW tomorrow for Tim Stack and Adam Markovitz’s live blog of the final show!