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What do you say about a show that’s been on the air longer than you’ve been alive?

For as long as I can remember, Oprah Winfrey has been a staple in households across America, and the world for that matter. Today, the last episode of the Oprah Winfrey show airs nationwide, and hundreds of thousands of faithful viewers will be left without their best girlfriend to greet them in the afternoon.

There aren’t many people who can say the things that Oprah can say, or do the things that Oprah can do, simply because…she’s Oprah. Truly the queen of all media (sorry Perez Hilton) Winfrey has blazed a trail for those who aspire to host daytime talk, produce films & plays, act, or even get a president elected to the highest office in the land.

To be totally honest, Oprah’s really not going anywhere. She’s begun an amazing venture with the Oprah Winfrey Network, and will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in media. I’ve long said that a co-sign from Oprah is like the midas touch, and many people owe her a great deal of gratitude for the success of their projects & careers. She built a global media empire from the ground up, making her the first African-American female to become a billionaire. By all accounts, she is truly the definition of a boss.

One of the things that I admire most about Oprah is her philanthropic work. On day two of her three-day farewell extravaganza, Tyler Perry revealed that over the last 25 years, Oprah Winfrey has made it possible for 64,688 kids to attend school, including full-ride scholarships for 415 men to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Above all else, Oprah is a giver, and knows that is truly the key to being a wealthy person. With all of the fame, fortune, and accolade, she’s still made time to give back to those who need it most. That is something that can not be denied or scratched from her legacy.

While I may not agree with everything she’s said on her show, or even her style of interview, I will say that I have learned a great deal from watching Oprah as a business woman. She’s given me big shoes to fill, but I’m on my way to pick up the torch. So thanks Oprah, for the tears, the laughs and for being one of my greatest inspirations to work hard and achieve. See you at the top.

Just for kicks & giggles:

Jimmy Kimmel and Boyz II Men created this cool farewell video for Oprah. Enjoy: