Oprah Preps for United Center Show

Harpo promises the biggest names in TV, movies and music will stop by

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Monday, May 16, 2011  |  Updated 1:05 PM CDT
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Crews are setting up for Oprah Winfrey's show at the United Center May 17th.

Ivanna Hampton

Crews are setting up for Oprah Winfrey's show at the United Center May 17th.

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Oprah is bulldozing the Bulls out of its stadium to transform it into Harpo Studios West.

Crews started taking apart basketball equipment after Sunday night's Bulls-Heat game to install equipment for Tuesday's celebrity extravaganza taping at the United Center.

Trucks rolled in and out of the UC's parking lots early Monday morning. A temporary stage is already erected on the grounds.

"Oprah Show" producers titled the two-part show "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular." The biggest names in music, film and TV will stop by to surprise the daytime diva, who dislikes surprises, said Harpo execs.

Don't expect to get tickets. They ran out quickly after the late April announcement.

The episodes will air May 23 and May 24.

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