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*Thousands of Oprah Winfrey fans are expected to pack Chicago’s United Center today for a star-studded double-taping of her talk show as it inches toward its finale.

The guest lineup for “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” is a secret, but Winfrey’s producers have promised the biggest names in Hollywood.

The celebrity response “has been a resounding `yes,’” executive producer Sheri Salata told the AP. “Celebrities from film, television and music feel a deep appreciation for the support they have received from Oprah and the show over the years. Oprah will be very touched by that gratitude.”

Tuesday’s taping will air May 23 and 24, before Winfrey’s final show on May 25.

“Oprah is in great spirits, energized and taking in every last bit of these final days,” said Salata, who figures prominently on “Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes.” The show follows the final season Winfrey’s talk show and airs on her new cable network.

Meanwhile, as Winfrey begins to focus 100 percent of her attention on her cable channel OWN, Radar Online is reporting that the talk show host is attempting to woo her good friend Maria Shriver to host her own show.

“Oprah approached Maria several months ago about getting involved at OWN,” a source close to Shriver tells Radar Online. “A talk show featuring Maria as the sole host was discussed. But now that Maria has formally separated from Arnold, Oprah is on a full court press to lock Maria up.”

The news comes a day before Schwarzenegger disclosed he had fathered a child with one of his staffers.

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article courtesy of Eurweb.com

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