The bittersweet end of an era is only three shows away, and as we prepare to say goodbye to The Oprah Winfrey Show for good, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments of the show! [photogallerylink id=42653 align=left]
Oprah has amassed achievements that no other talk show can even come close to in her amazing 25 years on daytime TV. Check out the 25 fun facts you may or may not know about the show in its 25 year history!
1. Oprah has welcome five U.S. presidents on her show including Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and the only sitting president to appear, Barack Obama.
2. The generous talk show queen has given away 570 cars to audiences over the years.
3. Approximately 28,000 celebrity guests have sat down next to Oprah and opened up their lives to the world.
4. Over 1 million audience members have sat in the studio audience in Oprah’s Harpo Studios.
5. The Oprah Winfrey Show has remained the number one talk show for 24 consecutive seasons.
6. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Celine Dion[/lastfm] is the most frequent female celebrity guest, appearing 27 times on the show!
7. Chris Rock holds the title for the most frequent male guest on Oprah, appearing 26 times.
8. The Oprah Winfrey Show has been a royal affair, welcoming one reigning queen, one former queen, six princesses, seven princes, one earl, one lord, one count and one duchess on the stage!
9. Dr. Phil McGraw has appeared on the show 119 times to offer up his advice and counsel to those in need.
10. A total of 150 countries around the world broadcast the Oprah Winfrey Show.
11. The Oprah Winfrey Show has won a total 48 Emmy Awards, and after winning her seventh Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Oprah decided to stop submitting her name for consideration. Really, it would just be unfair to the others.
12. In 1998, Oprah took voice lessons in order to sing the lyrics to her new theme song “Run On” and also produced the only music video for it — a moment that made one of her “what was I thinking” moments on her final season.
13. Music superstars including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul Simon[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Quincy Jones[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Patti LaBelle[/lastfm] have written lyrics for Oprah theme songs over the years.
14. About 21, 000 audience members showed up for Oprah’s Season 24 Kick-Off Party tapings on Michigan Ave in Chicago, making them the largest audience in the show’s history.
15. Oprah revealed a surprising family secret during her final season, when discovering she had a half-sister named Patricia she never knew about.
16. Over 65 pieces of literature have been selected as part of Oprah’s Book Club, including her most controversial guest author James Frey of A Million Little Pieces.
17. Over 2 million diehard readers are members of the Oprah Book Club.
18. The highest rated single episode was in 1993 when the King of Pop [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] made a rare appearance on the show, which was watched by 63 million viewers.
19. Since January of 2011, over 4,500 Oprah Winfrey shows have been taped!
20. The Oprah Winfrey Show receives over 25,000 emails a week.
21. Oprah was one of the first people and first woman to ever own and produce her own talk show.
22. Oprah has selected a total of 283 items as part of her “Favorite Things” shows. In the final Ultimate Favorite Things show, she revealed the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle design and surprised every audience member with the new car!
23. Oprah isn’t the biggest fan of wearing shoes, and has even been spotted walking on stage before putting her shoes on.
24. Over 25 years, Oprah’s public charity, Oprah’s Angel Network, has raised over than $80 million for the charity.
25. Oprah ended her 16-year-long “feud” with late night talk host David Letterman in 2005 when he appeared on her show for the first time since the feud.