Oprah fans can expect big things from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” during its upcoming final season, but hopefully not too many tears. As the show comes to an end next spring (after 25 years of daytime domination), the venerable host says fans won’t need to reach for the Kleenex box quite yet.
“I don’t intend to be crying the whole season,” Oprah told TV Guide, in a new interview about the upcoming season. “It will be bittersweet…It’s been my life. I didn’t have children – I had the show.”
There are nearly 5,000 hours of footage from the show’s 25-year run, all of which is being reviewed by staff for favorite moments, according to the mag.
In what promises to be a powerful moment, Oprah revealed plans to revisit Forsyth County, GA – a region she visited in 1987 during a racism-themed show – for a look at how the world has changed for the better.
“There were no black people allowed and a guy was using the N-word with me,” she said of her past visit. “I’m going to do a tour of the new Forsyth County with him.”
As for the secret to her immeasurable success, the media maven said her power comes from “authenticity.”
“The reason people fail is because they’re pretending to be something they’re not,” she said. “If you can find what the passion is and figure out a way to express that in an authentic and entertaining way, you have a chance at success.”
The final season of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show” premieres on September 13.