Hours after the world learned of Mary Tyler Moore’s January 25 death at the age of 80, Oprah Winfrey spoke to Entertainment Tonight to pay tribute to the woman she praised as a personal “role model.”

“[Moore] first gave me the idea that you can own your own show and produce it. She was the one,” Winfrey gushed. “She paved the way through storytelling for women and was a value system for women without even knowing it. So, her legacy will live on.”

Winfrey also reminisced about the time Moore surprised her on The Oprah Winfrey Show, recalling that she could not “think, hear or speak” in the moment.

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