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“Celebrities from film, television and music feel a deep appreciation for the support they have received from Oprah and the show over the years,” Miss Salata said. “Oprah will be very touched by that gratitude.”

The shows taped Tuesday will air Monday and Tuesday, before Miss Winfrey’s final show next Wednesday. The content of the final episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is still under wraps.

Harpo Productions received more than 154,000 ticket requests for seats to Tuesday’s event. Tickets were free and distributed to fans through a lottery.

The United Center is home to the Chicago Bulls and seats more than 20,000.

CNN anchor Lemon comes out in memoir

CNN anchor Don Lemon has come out as a gay man in his new book, a disclosure he knows comes with a risk.

While Mr. Lemon’s memoir, titled “Transparent,” also covers his journalism career, he’s prepared for much of the reaction to focus on more personal matters, which include growing up without a father and his revelation that he was sexually abused as a child.

Being black made being gay feel even worse, he said in an interview Monday, “because of how the black community perceives a gay person. An African-American male is taught that he has to be masculine.”

Mr. Lemon, 45, says it would be naive to assume the public won’t have strong opinions about what he has written, and he’s braced for some people to react negatively.

“But it’s important for everyone to be truthful about who they are,” he said, adding that CNN has been “very supportive” of his decision to go public.

Compiled from Web and wire reports.