PHOTO: Madonna honor Oprah in farewell shows

"It's no secret that millions of people are inspired by Oprah," a gushing Madonna told the crowd.

The star-studded event is called "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago with Madonna honoring Oprah in front of 13,000 ecstatic fans Tuesday as the talk show queen wraps up her 25th and final season for good.

“..still kicking ass, She has balls and a wealth of compassion.” said The Queen of Pop.


                          May 17, 2011. REUTERS


Tom Hanks seems to be the master of ceremonies. He’s pointing out audience members and how long they’ve been watching the show. He’s just introduced Madonna, “A hardworking mother of four whose flown in from New York City just to be here.”


7:41 p.m. Madonna looks stunning. Perhaps the best I’ve seen her look in years. She tells Oprah that she’s the only person on her “alive” list of people who she looks up to because Oprah is self-made and is “still kicking ass…. She has balls and a wealth of compassion.”

7:43 p.m. Now Madonna is talking about how Oprah staying the course with her academy in South Africa is motivating Madonna with her own academy in Malawi. “I vow to be more courageous and never give up…. Thank you for inspiring me.”

She was also overwhelmed when Jaime Foxx serenaded her with "Isn't she lovely," and Stevie Wonder rose up from under the stage at the keys of a grand piano with a new song he'd written for her.


Tom Hanks served as host and cheerleader for the evening and you can watch Beyonce, Tom Cruise, Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jordan, Alicia Keys, Mariah Shriver, Jerry Seinfeld, Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Usher, Josh Groban, Patti LaBell, Rascal Flatts, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, Halle Barry & Katie Holmes on 25th May.