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Oprah’s “Farewell Spectacular!” Is FILLED With Every Celebrity, from Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks to Aretha and Madonna

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When you have star power like Oprah Winfrey, it doesn’t matter who you are…you’re just lucky to even be in the woman’s prescience.  And last night, the famous, the legends, the best of the best, along with 13,000 fans, turned out to honor Oprah in her “Farewell Spectacular”.

The taping, which was complete in the hands of Oprah’s producers, and a complete surprise to Oprah herself, started off in the hands of Tom Hanks, who opened the show with class, saying,

“Now Oprah, I know you don’t like surprises…Let me see if I can put you at ease. There was an English playwright who said there’s no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved, and that is what tonight is all about.”

From there, Tom Cruise came up on stage, showing a montage of the 12 times he had been on the show, starting back in 1988.  Then, it was Madonna’s turn.  Then, Diane Sawyer, dressed as a lit-up tree, announced that 25,000 oak trees would be planted in Winfrey’s honor. Oprah pointed into the audience shouting, “I just gave everybody a tree! You get a tree and you get a tree and you get a tree. Everybody gets a tree!.”

Beyonce, Rascal Flatts, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder all performed.  Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith hosted the second hour, and the celebrities just kept coming…Jerry Seinfeld, Maria Shriver, Michael Jordan, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Angelou.  Even Winfrey’s longtime boyfriend, Stedman Graham, took the stage, honoring his longtime love:

“Honey, you are so special, and I am so happy … I’m so proud of you”

With tears running down her cheeks most of the night, Winfrey ended the show turning to the crowd, and thanking them:

“I feel the love! And I thank you for it. Thank you for being a part of this great night, this celebration for what you have done for the Oprah Winfrey show … your being here tonight … honors me in the deepest way possible.”

And then, to top it all off, Usher took the stage to sing a symphony-backed mashup of ‘O.M.G.’ and ‘Oh Happy Day’ mashup before bursting confetti canons blanketed the entire arena.

Definitely a legendary night worthy of a legend.

The live taping will air as a two-part series on May 23 and May 24 before Winfrey’s finale show on May 25.

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POP UPDATE: Justin Bieber, “Friends” For Life, And The Critics Choice Awards

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We’re going to be doing some quick video updates whenever we can! Here’s the latest! Justin Bieber begging for streams, (while you can hear him chew – ew), the ladies of Friends reunited, and mother nature. Take a look!

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Courteney Cox’s Instagram Caption Is Every Parent With A Teenage Kid

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Have you heard? It’s 2020 and we’re all supposed to music videos on TikTok. Courteney Cox is no exception. The TV star posted an instagram of her and her daughter Coco dancing it out, with the hilarious caption, “Wanna see your child lose their patience? Do a TikTok with them.”

Also, how long does it take to actually learn one of these routines? It seems very time consuming.

What I was really hoping for was video of her daughter losing her patience, but what we got was a pretty strong routine!

 

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Wanna see your child lose their patience? Do a TikTok with them. #familyaerobics

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Former Law And Order Actress Representing Herself In Court? Diane Neal Claims Her Attorneys In Abuse Case Dropped Her, Leaving Her To Fend For Herself

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In an emotional, now deleted instagram post, actress Diane Neal claims her attorneys have dropped her – leaving the actress who once played assistant district attorney Casey Nowak to try her hand at being an attorney in real life.

Neal has been embroiled in a vicious legal battle that has spanned more than two years. It began when Neal filed a lawsuit alleging her ex, magician JB Benn, was a “manipulative and maniacal fraudster,” who had “defrauded her of millions” and “violently inflicted emotional distress,” according to The Daily Beast. She claims Benn subjected her to “a campaign of isolation, terror and (physical and sexual) assault, and destroyed her reputation.” She also claims he once cut her dogs throat. In turn, Benn has a lawsuit against Neal, claiming she owes him money for property they shared, and that she frequently threatened him. Part of his case: a damning recording in which the female voice, which he claims is Neal, threatens him and his dog. Listen to that tape HERE. It’s intense.

The truth is, the story is so full of battling accusations that it’s probably best to read the FULL list chronicled in this Oxygen article.

But today, in an emotional instagram post which she later deleted, (but copies have which have been retained and posted) a dramatic turn. Neal claims her attorneys have dropped her with no warning.

She speaks directly to her camera phone, saying, “So this is my version of hell. And there he is walking right past me right there” she says, referencing a man whose face cannot be seen. “So, I have been put in a situation by my own attorneys who decided to drop me as a client yesterday afternoon with absolutely no warning, wherein I have to represent myself in court. Because this is what happens to victims of abuse. My attorney yesterday accused me of having an inappropriate relation with (unintelligible**), which is not at all even remotely, a thousand times not true. Has done all kinds of things and … saying it was my fault for being abused. So wish me luck. It’s terrifying, but I am doing this for every woman who can’t do it for themselves. I stand for all of us.”

**please note that the words here were difficult to make out. We have our interpretations but don’t want to speculate without confirmation.

It’s unclear what the nature of the current court hearing is intended to cover today.

 

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Right now!

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Neal played Casey Novak on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for five seasons,and continued her acting career on NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Suits and 30 Rock. Most recently she became involved in politics, running as an independent for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 19th congressional district.

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