Oprah Winfrey's final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was not the star-studded mega event that her two hour 'Farewell Spectacular' was – rather, it was a subdued look back on what "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has accomplished in its 25 years on air, filled with words of wisdom from the legendary host herself.
Throughout the last episode of the show, Oprah repeatedly encouraged her audience to find their true passion in life, and to not let past hang-ups get the best of them.
"Nobody but you is responsible for your own life," she said sincerely.
She also looked back at some of the intense and startling revelations on her show where viewers, and on occasion celebrities, revealed their private heartaches and shame.
In particular, she flashed back to the episode featuring writer and director Tyler Perry, who talked about the severe sexual and physical abuse he suffered as a child. Oprah herself has said that she was sexually abused as a girl.
"Little by little we started to release the shame," Oprah said, as a compilation was aired showing audience members confessing everything from being a drug addict, to being repeatedly raped as a child.
She also spent a significant amount of airtime sharing her spiritual side.
"How were we able to last 25 years?," Oprah asked the audience rhetorically. "My team and Jesus. I have felt the presence of God my whole life. All of us have the same voice. Be still and know it. It's always there and speaking to you."
Most of all, she felt "grateful" at the chance to impact her millions of viewers' lives for 25 years.
"Gratitude is the single greatest treasure I will take from this experience," she said. "I thank you for the hours you shared with me and all that we've learned together. I am truly amazed that I, who started in rural Mississippi, could end up here. It's not coincidence that a lonely little girl, who felt not a lot of love even though her parents and grandparents did the best they could, would grow up to feel the genuine kindness, trust and validation from all over the world. All of you, whose names I don't know – you and this show have been the great loves of my life."
After giving her email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the audience and viewers at home with a promise that all responses would in fact come directly from her, she ended with a simple message.
"I won't say goodbye, I'll just say until we meet again," Oprah said, in tears. "To God be the glory."
The show credits rolled as she hugged longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham and shook hands with members of the audience, as well as went backstage to greet the hundreds of workers at "The Oprah Winfrey Show", many in tears as they hugged her. The show's last shot was Oprah picking up one of her beloved dogs, exclaiming, "We did it!"