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The Oprah Winfrey Show
After a quarter-century on TV, the Queen of Talk said goodbye to The Oprah Winfrey Show in May. During that time, she shared her toughest struggles and greatest triumphs, introduced her Favorite Things, gave away hysteria-inducing swag (276 cars in one show!), got millions to read with her book club and donated millions more through her Angel Network. No wonder her farewell featured a galaxy of stars and 13,000 cheering fans.
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All My Children
Have Americans ever pulled for an actress the way they've pulled for Susan Lucci? A soap opera legend, Lucci played the iconic Erica Kane on All My Children for 41 years. "It's been a fantastic journey," she said in April. A dramatic one, too – at least for her character, who was married 10 times, threatened suicide, was accused of murder, served time in prison, and had her unborn baby stolen and implanted into another woman, among other adventures. But perhaps her best plotline of all came in 1999, when Lucci finally won the Daytime Emmy for her role after being passed over a whopping 18 times.
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The CBS broadcast journalist ended his 33-year tenure on 60 Minutes just one month before he passed away on Nov. 4 from complications resulting from a minor surgery at age 92. The former World War II veteran presented 1,097 essays on the current affairs show before signing off for the last time on Oct. 2. Fellow CBS newsman Morley Safer summed up Rooney's inimitable talent, describing his longtime colleague as “the man who had a special gift for speaking for every man.”
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When Meredith Vieira signed off for the final time from Today in June after five years on the morning show, it was an emotional day at the office. The beloved newscaster has said she found a sense of family with her colleagues. And she's not the only one. Her co-anchor Matt Lauer said, "I have never enjoyed working with anyone as I have enjoyed working with Meredith."
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Live! with Regis and Kelly
His co-host Kelly Ripa could barely contain her sobs when Regis Philbin addressed viewers for the last time after 28 seasons on Live!. The beloved talk show host shared the stage with several co-hosts and celebrities during his tenure, but had a single goal for his a.m. viewers. "I wanted this to be a show where people would feel better about themselves," Philbin said on his final show in November. "It can't get any better than that."
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