Oprah Winfrey said a final farewell to her Harpo Productions office space and studio, in Chicago, where for decades she filmed The Oprah Winfrey Show. This time, though, it was more bitter than sweet.
Several months ago, she took to Instagram to thank the local employees one last time before closing the doors for good:
Today was Final ,FINAL goodbye to the greatest team in television. This is the team that will be the last to leave the Harpo Chicago building on Friday. They've been sorting, discarding ,packing , storing, archiving for a year now. Our goodbye luncheon today,a few tears and LOTS of great memories. Thank You to all especially bottom 6 Jerry, Tom, Michelle, Dan, Lisa, J.R. .. team mates over 25 years! Love and Gratitude to you all!
Winfrey returned on Wednesday to oversee the demolition of the building, and lamented the fact that building will soon only exist in her memories:
What makes the change even more tragic is what it is being turned into: the new McDonald’s corporate headquarters, which is set to open in 2018. Winfrey’s presence in the windy city is being replaced by Big Macs. 😢
Watch an old tour of the studio space long before the demolition took place.
Luckily, while her old headquarters is gone, Oprah is far from leaving the world of entertainment herself. It was just announced that she will star in an upcoming Ava DuVernay film, A Wrinkle In Time.
So while some may be mourning the loss of the Chicago studio space, Winfrey seems more than ready to move on to the next stage of her career.
SOURCE: Instagram | PHOTO: Getty