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By JOE KEOHANE  |  May 23, 2011

They were. More than ready. They were tearing at each other. One woman's side was pinched so hard she fainted. Others just sobbed. Gayle looked on, expressionless. "Everyone!" Oprah cried. Her feet were off the ground. Her eyes had rolled back. Her scalp was glowing an ineffably beautiful shade of red. Light shone from beneath her tangerine suit. She rose higher. Gayle gripped her trembling sugar babies with lethal force. "Gets!" Her hair was gone now. Bald. Oprah hung there in midair for a few agonizing seconds and absorbed the energy of her followers. "Aaaaaaaan!" She wanted to savor this. She looked down and noticed how wide their eyes were, and, for a moment, she grinned.

After a 25-year run, the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show airs on May 25, 2011.

>> READ: more Rapture articles in the May 20, 2011 issue of the Boston Phoenix <<

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