The Celebrity Surprise That Sent Oprah into the “Ugly Cry”

Oprah is well known for surprising her audience, but in 25 years of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she was on the other end of the equation many times, often involving unexpected visits from celebrities. Oprah says she “hates surprises,” but when it came to meeting her idols, no matter how famous she became, she was overjoyed when they stopped by.

Here, in this rarely seen postshow footage, Oprah recalls the time her producers surprised her with Mary Tyler Moore, an actress who had a special place in Oprah’s heart when she was just starting her career in broadcast journalism.

All month long, we’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of the final telecast of The Oprah Winfrey Show with commemorative online programming, including unforgettable show moments, follow-ups with your favorite guests and never-before-seen footage.

Viewers also have an opportunity to own their very own piece of The Oprah Show. Until Monday, May 16, a select number of studio audience chairs will be available for auction, with net proceeds going to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

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