Tom Cruise, Madonna, Beyonce farewell Oprah

Tom Cruise, Madonna, Beyonce farewell Oprah
Tom Cruise, Madonna, Beyonce farewell Oprah (Image credit: AP)

Tom Cruise and Madonna have joined a star-studded farewell to talk show queen Oprah Winfrey. Mission Impossible star Tom and fellow actor Tom Hanks greeted Oprah after she came on stage to a standing ovation from the audience of 13,000 gathered for the taping of Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular. "I feel the love and I thank you for it," Oprah told the crowd. "Thank you for being a part of this great night, this celebration of what you have done for The Oprah Winfrey Show. You have made it possible for us to stand for 25 years." Madonna told the crowd that she is among the millions of people who are inspired by the chat show host, who announced in November 2009 that she would end her popular talk show after 25 years. "She fights for things she believes in, even if it makes her unpopular," Madonna said. Men In Black star Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith thanked Oprah and told her she mothered millions and 'that puts you in the status of a goddess'. Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder sang Isn't She Lovely, and Stevie followed with his own song, singing to her: "Oprah, thank you for using your gifts to uplift so many hearts." Simon Cowell also made an appearance, as did Dakota Fanning, Halle Berry, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes, and Beyonce sang her song Run The World (Girls) before declaring: "Oprah Winfrey because of you women everywhere have graduated to a new level of understanding of who we are, of what we are and most of all who we can be." Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle sang Somewhere Over The Rainbow as Oprah sat in a white chair on stage. "Was that not the coolest?" Oprah said when they finished.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.