Oprah's farewell season begins

FRESNO, Calif.

We've watched her make people cry, and shed a few tears herself. Her various hairdo's alone, could be a history of styles through the decades. But after 24 seasons with more than 4,000 episodes and 28,000 guests, Oprah Winfrey is saying goodbye to her history-making show.

"The 25th season for me is about celebrating who we are, where we've been, what we've been able to accomplish. It's also about celebrating the viewers for whom none of this would be possible," said Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah says it's been a thrilling ride since her very first show on September 8, 1986. Oprah plans to take viewers back to places she visited, including some controversial spots where prejudice or social injustice existed, to see how people have changed over the years.

Although much of the farewell season is a secret, Oprah fans can expect more special appearances by celebrity guests, music performances, and plenty of wishes-come true for some lucky, Oprah viewers.

"The hardest part for me is going to say goodbye to the viewers. But right now, it's about living every moment and making every one of those moments special," said Winfrey.

Then, an event that's been a year in the making, Oprah promises to pull off one of the biggest surprises in the show's history.

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