Oprah says farewell, and we look back on 25 years of her relationship-related shows.
After 25 years, Oprah Winfrey finally said goodbye to the audience that has watched not only her show but watched Oprah grow into the woman she is today.
"I love this show. This show has been my life. And I love it enough to know when it's time to say good-bye. Twenty-five years feels right in my bones, and it feels right in my spirit. It's the perfect number—the exact right time," said Oprah upon announcing the final season of her show.
So, in honor of the TV host's deparature from daytime, we take a look back on Oprah's top 10 shows about love and relationships.
10. Stedman visits. In 1989, Oprah invited her longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham on the show to help talk about how paparazzi and tabloid headlines can affect a relationship. Stedman, when answering an audience member's question, said "I love her and she loves me. She's my woman and I'm her man."
9. Cougars. Oprah invited women who were interested in younger men onto her show in 1993, long before Ashton and Demi said "I do." A guest from this show best described the unusual relationships with these words: "It's the difference between riding in a Volkswagen and a Cadillac. If you want to ride in a Volkswagen, go ahead. If you want the Cadillac, go for an older woman."
8. He's Just Not That Into You. Ah, the book we all love to hate. It's Greg Behrendt's "in your face" truth to women about men, and Oprah invited him on the show to not only talk about the inspiration behind the book but to offer women in her audience advice about their own relationships. Signs He's Just Not That Into You
7. Tom Cruise gets crazy. Who could forget how Tom Cruise jumped up and down Oprah's couch shouting "I'm in love! I'm in love! I can't keep cool" when he told her all about his budding romance with Katie Holmes? A bemused Oprah took it all in, and it's something Tom Cruise may never live down.
6. Long-lasting couples tell all. To complement Oprah's book club choice of Love in the Time of Cholera, the story of a 50-year-old love affair, she invited four long-term couples onto her show to share their own great love stories. In sharing their stories, the couples revealed to Oprah and her audience the valuable love lessons they've learned that help keep their decades-long marriages strong.
5. Men Who Cheat. M. Gary Neuman came on Oprah to discuss why men stray. The number one reason? According to Neuman, emotional disconnection, which results from feeling underappreciated and a lack of thoughtful gestures. The marriage counselor helped Oprah's audience better understand what goes into keeping a marriage healthy and strong.
4. Have your best sex yet. In 2009, Oprah had a "Best Life Week" where she gave her audience steps to living their best physical, spirtual and sexual life. Dr. Laura Berman offered advice on how to have your best life in the bedroom, including tips to jump start your relationships such as telling the truth, letting go and making sex a priority.
3. Eat, Pray, Love. Author of Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert told Oprah she was a failure at marriage but in her search for herself, she realized that the institution of marriage isn't a "rigid box" but rather an ever-changing, evolving, shifting institution that women shouldn't give up on. Both Gilbert and Julia Roberts, the actress who played Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love, sat with Oprah to talk about life and love.
2. 101 Romantic Ideas. Well, the audience didn't hear all 101 on the show, but author of 101 Romantic Ideas, Michael Webb, revealed to Oprah some great ideas for couples to spice up their relationship. These include romantic getaways to bed and breakfasts and dancing.
1. Love letters. Perhaps the greatest love we've ever seen on Oprah has been the relationship she's had with you. And you. And you. Her final show was a love letter to her audience, the same audience whose genuine kindness, affection, trust and validation has shown the host what love is. Her audience and her show have been the great loves of her life, and they have made every step of the way worth it. Complete This Sentence: The Best Love Lesson Oprah Taught Was...
Tell us: what were your favorite Oprah moments?