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Oprah Winfrey begins the final season of her record-breaking, history-making talk show on Sept. 13th. After 24 years and nearly 5,000 episodes, how does Winfrey plan to spend her farewell year?
The queen of talk hasn't given too many details -- but fans can expect a lot of nostalgia, some lighter moments, and plenty of memorable celebrity appearances. According to TV Guide, Winfrey, 56, is planning on revisiting a few of her most memorable episodes -- literally. She'll be traveling to Forsyth County, Ga., where she went in 1987 to show the ugliness of racism. This time, though, she'll hopefully be able to show how much progress America has made. She's also trying to reunite the studio audience from her very first episode.
As for celebrities, she's not going to let them drop by unless they're willing to really open up. "We’re saying to all of our celebrity friends, this is not the year you can come on and just promote your book or promote your song," says Winfrey. "You have to create moments." Oprah's team is also looking through her entire archive of episodes to find moments worth replaying. But rest assured, she won't just air the tearjerkers. "I don't intend to be crying the whole season," Winfrey says. "It will be bittersweet."
Hmm, still sounds like the final season could use some levity. Here are five humble suggestions for Oprah's Best Season Ever:
1. Everybody gets a car! Wasn't it cool when everybody in the audience got a car? This year, how about everybody who's watching at home gets a car, too?
2. Suri Cruise jumps on Oprah's couch. Her daddy did it, so why not make it a family tradition?
3. Oprah tells off the world's liars. It was pretty impressive when Winfrey went after fibbing author James Frey. We'd love to see her confront a bunch of other famous liars. How about John Edwards and Bernie Madoff, for starters?
4. Oprah and Gayle play house. It's really fun whenever Winfrey and her best friend try to do normal things together. We'd be happy to watch them try to assemble Ikea furniture and bake cookies for a whole episode.
5. 24 hours of Oprah's Favorite Things.. The Favorite Things episode is always one of the year's highlights. So why not turn it into a marathon? Last audience member standing wins the whole thing!
What would you like to see in the final year of The Oprah Winfrey Show? Chime in below!