updated 04/25/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/25/2013 AT 10:05 AM ET
She held court at Harpo Studios almost every weekday for a quarter-century – some 4,561 shows in all.
Now, almost two years after stepping down, Winfrey reveals to Steve Harvey – on his own newly successful Chicago-based talk show – the thing she misses most about being the queen of daytime TV.
In a word, it’s the audience.
“I got a little choked up seeing you guys today, because what I really miss is the camaraderie with the audience every day. … I did that for 25 years,” says Winfrey, 59, during an interview airing Friday.
Not that she regrets leaving, but it has been bittersweet.