Oprah Winfrey’s final show aired today, and it was bittersweet for me, even though Oprah herself said she felt it “was all sweet, no bitter.”

The show was a reflection on her 25 seasons, including revisiting some of her earlier, more salacious episodes as well as episodes that shed light on situations such as sexual and physical abuse, low self-esteem, and addictions. She also gave her final live audience advice about life, such as remembering that each person is worthy of happiness.

Some of the reactions about the show range from bland (“This episode was like that part of the evening in which nothing particularly interesting is going on but it’s still part of a great night, so you enjoy it all the same,” wrote Miles Tanzer from The Village Voice) to slightly sad (““Just like that, it’s over,,” wrote AOL Popeater).

If you missed the episode, you can watch the quick recap at New York Magazine, where they condense the show down to three minutes. But overall, the show was a celebration of the 4,000+ episodes that allowed for Oprah to become part of our pop-culture, so it was just as jovial as it was oddly funereal. However, there’s still the OWN Network, right?

If you saw the final episode, what did you think about it? Will you miss “The Oprah Winfrey Show”?

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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