Oprah celebrates 24th season with party

CHICAGO Some of /*Oprah*/'s die-hard fans waited for hours.

"She's wonderful, she's an icon, we love her," said a fan.

The celebration features a star-studded lineup featuring performances by the /*Black Eyed Peas*/ and singer /*Jennifer Hudson*/ among others.

The block party is part of a sneak preview of the 24th season of the /*Oprah Winfrey Show*/, something the queen of daytime talk is looking forward to even after all these years.

"To be here now and to be able to be in what I think is the greatest city in America and to acknowledge those 24 years and celebrate it with the Black Eyed Peas and with Rascal Flats, Jennifer Hudson, and with all the people who will be joining us today," Winfrey described.

"But really, to kick off a season that says, 'I'm still here, still loving it, still loving it every day,'" she added.

In a sit-down interview with Eyewitness News atop a double-decker bus before the show's taping, Winfrey weighed in on the controversies surrounding /*Barack Obama*/'s speech Tuesday to America's students.

"The fact that people were complaining about what the president has to say to the children, I think we all need to check ourselves on that," commented Winfrey.

"I think we just need to wait a minute. The bi and the partisan and the partisan and the bi and all the different sides, we all just need to stop and look at how ridiculous that is," she said.

For now, Winfrey says that she is fully focused on making the show fresh and interesting and more meaningful than ever.

"What's really great about this season is that it allows me to be in a space where, I'm thinking whether or not this is going to be, am I wheeling into the final years of the Oprah Show as we know it," reflects Winfrey.

"And if that is indeed the case, which I have to make that decision before the end of this year, then I want this show, this season, and the next season, which I'm contracted to do, to be some of the best of my career. That's really what I'm thinking about," she said.

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