“I won’t say goodbye. I’ll just say until we meet again.”
Oprah’s final show in 2011 was the beginning of the end for Harpo Studios.
Now, four years later, she came to tell the 200 employees impacted that the facility is closing.
But continuing to speak highly of the studio, Oprah says, “Not just my home, but also my life for nearly 30 years. I’ve spent more time there than anywhere else. I’m so proud of what we created.”
The owner of the nearby Wishbone restaurant says Oprah can also be proud of the transformation of the neighborhood, as it is now filled with condos and restaurants.
“She was a real engine, not only for West Loop, but I think for Chicago in general.”
He remembers the parade of Oprah audience members and celebrities that headed to his restaurant after the show, and tourists who just came to the neighborhood.
“People would be going by the studio, tourists, just to take pictures outside of the studio.”
The Oprah Winfrey Network says it has “begun the process of transitioning Harpo Studios productions in Chicago to OWN” in west Hollywood.
That is a transition that is said to be complete by December.
“We really enjoyed having people come in and saying ‘this is Oprah’s restaurant,'”