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Oprah looks back: 25 years of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'

May 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor Leslie Sykes looks back on Oprah Winfrey's remarkable 25 years on the air.

Rare behind-the-scenes footage reveals the day "The Oprah Winfrey Show" premiered. Plus, meet the man who gave Oprah her big break.

Oprah airs her last broadcast Wednesday at 3 p.m. on ABC7.

As television's undisputed talk show queen reflects upon her success before her final show Wednesday, even she says the odds were against her.

"First of all, I'm a brown-skinned, African-American woman," Oprah said. "Growing up, only one person ever called me pretty. In fact, I ended up doing a show about it. I wasn't a 'pretty girl.' I didn't sing, I didn't have any obvious talent, I didn't dance, I didn't know anybody, I wasn't connected."

Oprah believes her show resonated with viewers over the years because she was just a "normal" looking woman who struggled with weight issues and that many Americans could relate to her.

She won over the hearts of Americans with her candid and caring interview style. She tackled subject matters over the years that many others were afraid to.

Her show inspired and entertained, informed and empowered. There is no doubt in the minds of many that Oprah Winfrey's show will be missed.


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