Oprah spectacular - ABC photoOprah Winfrey has made a career our of surprising people but on Tuesday night, the tables were turned as hundreds of her celebrity friends surprised her to say goodbye.

From Maria Shriver to Aretha Franklin to Tom Cruise, stars paid tribute to Winfrey during the taping of two shows leading up to the talk show queen’s grand finale next week. 13,000 fans crowded a Chicago arena to witness the spectacular farewell.

She appeared most affected by the many tributes that recognize her ongoing commitment to the promotion of literacy and education.

According to the show, 64,688 children attended school because of Winfrey.

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