It’s a sad day for daytime television this week. Talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey will call it quits with her final episodes this week.
Part I of Oprah’s farewell will air today, with Part 2 to air tomorrow; the final episode will air Wednesday, May 25. For a woman who has impacted our culture and society in more ways than one during her 25-year-reign, you can bet she’s going to go out with a bang! Celebrities including the likes of Tom Hanks, Beyonce, Madonna and Tom Cruise were in attendance for her show’s final taping last week at Chicago’s United Center.
As Oprah’s final days on this show come to a close (no doubt this won’t be the last time we see her, though!), we reached out to genConnect career expert Vicki Salemi, author of Big Career in the Big City: Land a Job and Get a Life in New York and The ABC’s of College Life, on the impact Oprah has made, not just on TV, but on women and their careers, and society in general. Here’s what she said:
“Oprah’s made an indelible impact on not only TV but how we live our lives! As an author, I admire her for what she’s done to the publishing industry in terms of making reading a priority and an American pastime. I admire her as a strong woman who boldly defined herself, connected with an audience, and continued to remain steadfast to her mission for 25 years. Amazing!
“I recall coming home after high school to watch her after General Hospital; I vividly remember in the late ’80s when she lost a ton of weight and carted a wagon to represent all of the pounds she lost, only to see her weight fluctuate over the upcoming months and consequently, years. She showed that she is human and indeed resilient, but in the bigger picture, she made an indelible mark in our culture and has remained a fixture in our lives for decades. Oprah is an inspiration in terms of building an empire, brick by brick, and becoming a self-made success.”
What will you remember most about Oprah? What sort of impact do you think she has made on our culture?
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