Yesterday evening, two back-to-back shows were filmed in part of the series of final episodes of the Oprah Winfrey show. Filmed at the United Center in Chicago, more than 20,000 attended the four hour taping.
The theme of the two shows that were filmed yesterday was “Surprise Oprah” and basically involved everyone who’s everyone in Hollywood joining together to honor the living legend that is Oprah.
The first hour long show was hosted by Tom Hanks. It involved appearances by Tom Cruise, Beyonce, Halle Berry, Madonna, Josh Groban, Dakota Fanning and many more.
The second show was hosted by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. It included appearances by Michael Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Seinfeld, Simon Cowell, Maria Shriver and Maya Angelou among many others.
So if you are a celebrity, you were in Chicago last night.
The Hollywood Reporter has a very detailed play-by-play of the taping. The two “Surprise Oprah” shows will air on May 23rd and 24th
Here’s how the people involved in the shows have discussed the experience on Twitter:
Restin up 4 tonite’s big Fun. sheri told me think FUN and DELIGHT. I ‘m prepared for both.
http://twitvid.com/EPZ1L – Crowd at United Center @Oprah Farewell
Sup twitter? your boy is in chicago…brought my wife @PatSmith_TY here for the taping of @Oprah’s last show…was a mother’s day gift
I have never witnessed anyone be honored on this level EVER!! @Oprah you are beyond amazing!! Great job team @Harpo Wow!! Wow!! Wow!!
@Oprah I’m going to miss the oprah winfrey show… Thank you so much for making feel apart of the harpo family…I love you oprah
Madonna and Oprah together makes me so happy! Two of my biggest icons and inspirations in life!
Best night of my life. Sang for Oprah!!!
What a night surprising Oprah in Chi! Great night,great line up! Jeez they even had me in a musical #.Ugh! But big fun.Off to after party.
http://twitpic.com/4z27ve – #Madonna in Chicago hugs @Oprah at the taping of her final show today
Took a covert trip to Chicago to surprise @Oprah on her big finale concert. Such an honor! Just landed in San Antonio for concert tomorrow!
Image Courtesy The Hollywood Reporter