Arnold Schwarzenegger’s estranged wife became the star of Oprah Winfrey’s final talk show

Cheated Shriver

Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver at Chicago’s United Centre yesterday for the taping of the star’s final show after 25 years. Picture: AP Source: AP

The Australian reported today:

THE mother of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love child was named yesterday as the actor’s estranged wife became the star of Oprah Winfrey’s final talk show.

Schwarzenegger, who last week announced his separation from Maria Shriver after 25 years of marriage, admitted on Tuesday to fathering a child with a longtime employee about 10 years ago.

RadarOnline and Star magazine named housekeeper Mildred Baene, 50, as the employee and reported that she had worked for Schwarzenegger and Shriver for 20 years before retiring in January.

“She’s the one,” a source said.

A second source confirmed: “They have a son together.”

Ms Shriver revealed at the taping of Winfrey’s finale that the talk show host had “given me love, support, wisdom and, most of all, the truth”.

She said she knew she was not “alone in receiving those gifts”and told Winfrey the star host “believed in others so they could believe in themselves”.

Hollywood’s A-list celebrities bade a star-studded farewell to Winfrey in a double-taping of her talk show.

“I feel the love and I thank you for it,” Winfrey told the crowd.

“Thank you for being a part of this great night, this celebration of what you have done for The Oprah Winfrey Show. You have made it possible for us to stand for 25 years.”

Tom Hanks, then Tom Cruise, greeted Winfrey after she came on stage to a standing ovation from the audience of 13,000 gathered for Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular at Chicago’s United Centre.

Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow as Winfrey sat in a white chair onstage.

“Was that not the coolest?” Winfrey said when they finished.

She announced in November 2009 that she would end her popular talk show after 25 years.

Yesterday’s taping will air in the US on Monday and Tuesday, before Winfrey’s final show on Wednesday.

In Australia, the shows will be broadcast in prime-time on the Ten Network a day later.

Madonna told the crowd she was among the millions inspired by Winfrey.

“She fights for things that she believes in, even if it makes her unpopular,” Madonna said. The second show’s taping began with Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who thanked Winfrey and told her she had mothered millions and “that puts you in the status of a goddess”.

Former basketballer Michael Jordan came on stage to hug Winfrey and told her he loved her and that she inspired him. Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder sang Isn’t She Lovely to Winfrey. Wonder followed with his own song, singing to her: “Oprah, thank you for using your gifts to uplift so many hearts.”

Simon Cowell made an appearance, Rosie O’Donnell sang a Broadway-style song and Jerry Seinfeld did a comedy routine. Grammy winner John Legend was beamed in from a school in New Orleans, and actress Dakota Fanning led a group of children talking about Winfrey’s influence on their lives.

“You always had the power, and that is the message you brought into our lives,” Cruise told Winfrey.

Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes and Diane Sawyer were there, too. Beyonce sang her song Run the World (Girls), backed by dozens of dancers. And Rascal Flatts also performed.

“Oprah Winfrey, because of you women everywhere have graduated to a new level of understanding of who we are, of what we are and, most of all, who we can be,” Beyonce said.

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