Oprah Winfrey Announces The End Of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’

Will next launch a cable network of her OWN in 2011

Oprah Winfrey has announced that she will end her long-running, hugely popular daytime talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011 so that she can launch her very own cable network … sending pretty much everyone into a crazy tizzy:


The media mogul Oprah Winfrey will end her daytime talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” in 2011 as she prepares to start a cable channel of her own. A spokeswoman for Ms. Winfrey’s production company, Harpo, confirmed Thursday evening that Ms. Winfrey would make an announcement on her show on Friday. The plans were first reported by WABC, the ABC station in New York City. “The sun will set on the Oprah show as its 25th season draws to a close on Sept. 9, 2011,” Tim Bennett, the president of Harpo, said in a message to affiliates. After her broadcast talk show winds down, Ms. Winfrey will concentrate on her coming cable channel, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. OWN will have its premiere in January 2011, according to a person with knowledge of Ms. Winfrey’s decision who insisted on anonymity. Ms. Winfrey, 55, informed her talk show staff of her decision on Thursday afternoon. The television world had expected that she would make a decision about the fate of her program by the end of the year. Ms. Winfrey told her staffers that she will not transfer the show to cable. She is expected to produce new programs for OWN, and may appear on some of them. In a statement, CBS Television Distribution said, “We have the greatest respect for Oprah and wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors. We know that anything she turns her hand to will be a great success. We look forward to working with her for the next several years, and hopefully afterwards as well.” OWN is a joint venture between her production company and Discovery Communications. Getting the channel off the ground has proved challenging amid management turnover and an uncertain advertising climate. The timeline for OWN will theoretically give Ms. Winfrey about nine months to promote her cable channel on her existing show. Sometimes called the Queen of Talk, Forbes estimates Ms. Winfrey’s net worth to be $2.7 billion. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is the most successful talk show in syndication, reaching about seven million viewers a day. It has been vital to the success of ABC, whose local station group has been the primary home of the show since it started in syndication in 1986.

Wow!! Rumors of this move have been swirling for a couple of weeks now so this announcement isn’t really a surprise. What is a surprise is that Oprah will not move her wildly popular talk show to her new OWN network … but, to be honest, Oprah has really conquered the world of daytime talk shows and will go out just as popular as she’s ever been. This is but another step forward in Oprah‘s quest for world domination … methinks she will do just fine with this new venture. But still … wow … no more Oprah Winfrey Show. Whatever will Oprah fans do with themselves once the show goes off the air?

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  1. Chivonne

    I find her annoying. But no matter what she does she is so extremely successful so I think this is a great move in her part. Holy crap what will they fill her time slot with now?

  2. Heather

    Trent, they are gonna dance with Ellen, DUH!

  3. I’m sure she will have another show of some sort on her own network, girl can’t stay off tv.

  4. Ria

    omg…i am numb. i never watched show but i feel like a lifelong institution has been ripped away from me.

  5. maggie

    I am sorry to hear that Oprah is quitting her talk show. I;’ve always liked her show. She talks about things of real interest to people and does it tastefully and you can’t say that about all the talk show hosts. I hope that does start up again somewhere else like she is thinking about because I will miss her otherwise.

  6. las

    tyra banks just jizzed in her pants

  7. Nix

    @las That is hilarious :)

  8. Tom

    Aww! That shucks! Ive been watching it for years and now to see it go away will be weird to say the least!

  9. nicole

    its about time

  10. Lisa.

    NOOO! What will I do at 4 o’clock?!

  11. Teeshah

    Dina Lohan talkshow will take over. hahahahahahaha! I hope Oprah will change her mind when that happens!

  12. Erin

    Nooooo! :( Oprah is the one talk show host that has been able to keep her viewers captivated for all these years. She knows how to do an interview tastefully. I will miss her show, but all great things must come to an end. I totally agree with Ias. Love ANTM but Tyra is so a wanna be Oprah when it comes to her talk show. I’m sure this won’t be the last of Miss Winfrey.

  13. Amanda

    That sound you hear is my mother weeping.

  14. maribella

    she’s been talking about quitting her show for a while. I think she said she wanted to stop at 20 years or something. But i love this woman! And now what will be the “big” show celebs go on to talk about their private drama??? let’s pray it’s not the tyra banks show but she does that whole “let’s-turn-your-story-around-so-we-can-talk-about-me” thing that oprah does so well.

  15. JR

    :( i just started to enjoy her show again..

  16. krissy

    It is so crazy, most of my life Oprah has been on TV! I think that she will continue to be a powerhouse, just in a different format. She is a very smart business woman, and has a great personality that people connect with.

  17. I think well done too her,shes brought real issues to the forefront that not many people can address with out the hype of media.I dont think this is the end of her,hopefully she will invest and generate new shows,that will address the issues that otherwise get a one line recogonition in the newspapers.

  18. CHASE

    I’m not surprised! Her show has been doing poorly these past couple of years and doesn’t really have the stamina like it used to. I really think it’s because she alienated A LOT of her fans by publicly endorsing in Barack Obama. It’s true. She got a lot of flack for it…who knows! It’s better to go out on top.

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