Executive Producer Sheri Salata Talks ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ Final Episode [AUDIO]

March 31, 2011 9:40 am
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Executive Producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Sheri Salata phoned in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Thursday morning to chat about the final episode of the iconic 25 year-long talk show as well as revealed Oprah’s classic meltdowns of the past!

As for the current show “Season 25: Behind the Scenes,” Sheri says, “[Viewers] love our shenanigans.” Adding, “they like to see that we are vulnerable, that we make mistakes, that balls are dropping as fast as they come flying at us. I like to give the staff credit because they have a good attitude about that.”

With the confirmed date of the final episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to be May 25th, Salata reveals Oprah to have no regrets, explaining, “no, I think she is very much at peace with it. The number 25 feels right to her. Doing a daily show for 25 years is tough. It almost feels militaristic some days.” Adding, they came faced with the truth “theres nothing new left for us to do and say in this platform.”

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So what will the final episode entail? Salata kept mum admitting, “Oprah and I are working on it cloaked in secrecy.” Yet, she did reveal as for the “third to the last, and second to the last [show], Oprah’s given the producers two hours to do whatever we want with and she’ll know nothing about it, so we have calls out all over music industry, film industry, all many guests who’ve been on the 25 years.” Concluding the creation of the final episode as, “interesting thing we’ve been really open to what the end should feel like…and it’s kind of hapening organically,” confirming at the least, “we’re not going to a different continent…[just want] Oprah in feel surprise and delight mode.”

With 25 years worth of daily production, Oprah’s bound to have had a meltdown or two, which Salata lightheartedly shared confessing, “she had a huge meltdown when she did her first interview with Sidney Poitier. She held it together for the interview, came back to the control room afterwards and put her head down on the control room desk and cried for twenty minutes because the emotion of remembering being a little girl and watching him win an Oscar and all these years later she’s sitting across from him and they’re having this conversation on her televsision show.” Salata also remembered, “then there’s the famous Mary Tyler Moore surprise, which she totally lost it on because Mary’s one of her heros.”

Listen to more from Sheri in the full interview above as well as catch the final episode of “The Oprah Winfrey” show May 25.


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