You thought the Michigan Avenue bash was a big deal? Check out Oprah's public taping of another episode this Friday -- in New York City's Central Park.
Guests on that outdoor show will be Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa -- who will show up just moments after wrapping up their own morning talk show -- and Mariah Carey, who's expected to perform a song from her new album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel."
Methinks Chicago got better guests. Regis and Kelly? Really? You're in New York and that's who you got? Maybe Oprah's clout is on the decline ...
Oprah also will announce her 63rd Book Club selection.
Apropos of maybe nothing, when Whitney Houston performed in Central Park for "Good Morning America" a few weeks ago, her voice cracked a little during one song -- and she blamed it on the amount of talking she'd done the day before in taping her interview with Oprah!