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Oprah to end talk show in 2011

oprahOprah Winfrey will end her talk show in 2011.  Her production company said the media powerhouse will make it official on Friday’s episode, according to reports.

For decades, her talk show has set the standard for TV. Until recently, her ratings were consistently strong (an appearance by Sarah Palin Monday boosted sluggish ratings, said the AJC’s Rodney Ho). She helped new talents like Tyra Banks, Dr. Oz, Rachel Ray and Dr. Phil start their own shows (though as a colleague reminded me, we aren’t sure what will happen to best friend Gayle King). There was also the resounding support for Pres. Barack Obama during his election bid.

Consistently one of the highest earning women in the world, Oprah turned living room book clubs into million-dollar ventures.

For Atlantans, she’s been even closer to home, by being close friends with Atlanta’s own movie maker Tyler Perry. Most recently the two went cross-country as producers and mega-watt promoters of the film “Precious,” starring comedienne/TV host Mo’Nique.

Of course, her reign was not without controversy. Her roller coaster weight issues were a source of non-stop fodder for tabloids, talk show segments and magazine covers. She was criticized by some for saying she would not invite rappers onto her show. Plus, her relationship with Stedman Graham has faced microscopic scrutiny for years.

Still it’s been an incredibly long and successful run. For that, she will be celebrated and missed.

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rave1914

November 19th, 2009
6:50 pm

OFan

November 19th, 2009
6:58 pm

Thanks for the years O !! In a time when tv is inundated with ‘reality’ and non-substantive shows, Oprah challenged all of us to inspect ourselves and become better people

T'ville Dawg

November 19th, 2009
7:03 pm

I waited this one out, good riddance.

Chitown

November 19th, 2009
7:06 pm

Of course she will be missed, she’ll still continue to be a force. My girl has done it big, and she has miles before she sleeps.

Big Sexy

November 19th, 2009
7:07 pm

Oprah is a racist!!!!

Larry

November 19th, 2009
7:30 pm

Wow! How will the fat, lazy, smelly, dumb, liberal, anti depressant dependent “stay at home Moms” spend time now?

Q McElroy

November 19th, 2009
7:37 pm

Everyone, if you can’t be civil, please don’t comment. Comments that use profanities, racial slurs or are overly in bad taste will be removed. You don’t have to like her. But your comments must be clean.

Keith

November 19th, 2009
7:40 pm

Awesome! It will be nice to never hear about this fat lard anymore.

Voice of Reason #1

November 19th, 2009
7:41 pm

I initially liked her; and yes, she’s done many great things. And as a Black woman I am proud of her success. But the power has corrupted her; she’s become nastily self-righteous and a praise-hog.

I hope she takes some time away from the airwaves for a bit–like a few years. She and Gayle–maybe they’ll move to Africa and live happily ever after. Just go away for a while…if not for good. But that won’t happen.

And she is not a racist; au contrare. Oprah has done very LITTLE to benefit Blacks, especially Black women. She rarely has Blacks on her show and has NEVER really touted goods/services by Blacks. Meanwhile, Oz, Berkus, Rachel, Phil, etc. she makes them stars and gives them shows. She has never really supported Blacks unless they were already in the public eye or already friends of hers. [Unfortunately, not many Black female Oprah fans recognize this; they’ve drunk the Oprah kool-aid or attend the Church of Oprah. It’s time for her to go; it really is. She and Gayle.

Black Sister

November 19th, 2009
7:43 pm

I Love How Powerful she is, she will truley be missed, one of the worlds most wonderful persons. Anyone that can keep a show that long is doing something right. Dont hate on her, try to get like her.

Just Groovy

November 19th, 2009
7:47 pm

I watch the show every weekday. I actually have her show on my calendar in my blackberry as an appointment so I won’t miss it. I will miss watching it. I am looking forward to see her do amazing things when she launches OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network)!

love

November 19th, 2009
7:49 pm

What does the color of her skin or how much she weigh has to do with the question that was asked. Yes I will miss her. She has inspired and helped many of people of all race. I’m white and she has insiped me more than anyone one in showbiz

TRUE AMERICAN

November 19th, 2009
7:52 pm

What a shame. It seems that conservative hate mongers rome this site all day looking for an opportunity to display their bigotry.

Love Oprah and wish her the best.

TRUE AMERICAN

November 19th, 2009
7:53 pm

TRUE AMERICAN

November 19th, 2009
7:52 pm
What a shame. It seems that conservative hate mongers roam this site all day looking for an opportunity to display their bigotry.

Love Oprah and wish her the best.

Tami

November 19th, 2009
7:57 pm

Throughout the years, my working schedule usually has me getting off work at 5. So, I’ve not had many opportunities to watch her show. Recently, however, my work schedule has allowed me to get home in time to watch part or all of her show. And, most of the time, I have tuned in. I’ll say that Oprah will be missed initially, but as is the case so often in TV world, people will move on. I don’t think that in 2011 when her show signs off that that will be the last we hear from her. I’m sure she’ll move into different areas and remain in some degree relevant to our worlds as she has been.

ZELDA

November 19th, 2009
8:02 pm

of course I will miss her, i rush home sometimes just to see what she’s wearing or to see how her hair is comb, not to mention what’s shes taking about. I think I will cry the day her show ends a matter of fact. It will be a sad day for me & will have to find some thing else to do at 4pm.

Sunshine

November 19th, 2009
8:02 pm

True American, I think you have it all wrong as most liberals do. We aren’t hatemongers…we never have been. You need to think outside the box and find out what real conservatism really is. However, regarding Oprah, all shows eventually run their course and I think that perhaps the Oprah Winfrey show has run its course. You won’t hear us conservatives saying you liberals are hate mongers because thats not our MO. We don’t work that way. So, Yes oprah will be missed as much as any show is missed on tv. I watch ocassionally depending on who the guest is. I am not glued to the tv every time it is on however.
Have a happy day!

Keith

November 19th, 2009
8:17 pm

Just Groovy GET A LIFE! Wow what a loser.

rk

November 19th, 2009
8:39 pm

Thank God! It will soon be over!

Cynthia

November 19th, 2009
8:55 pm

I will miss her show, but what a great run. She helped launch the shows mentioned in this post and they are all doing pretty well. I am sure Oprah has lots of ideas that will keep her busy. The 2011 year is far enough away to continue enjoy all she offers viewers right now.

Jeff

November 19th, 2009
9:20 pm

Oprah is an amazing person. I know we will still see a lot of her, no matter what she chooses to do in the future. It will certainly not be the same without her. I am just so grateful I was able to take my Mom to see the show last year. I am sure it will even be harder to get tickets to the show now!

harpo

November 19th, 2009
9:23 pm

never understood the hype-good riddance

Jay Hodges

November 19th, 2009
9:33 pm

I have watched the Oprah Show since i was a kid. Will most definitely miss her show !!!!!

Cammi317

November 19th, 2009
9:51 pm

I was excited when Oprah became syndicated because it happened in 1986 when my family moved from Chicago to Atlanta. Back then when I was 14, it was just nice to have something from “home” on air. Over the years, I have watched occasionally, but never got into the Oprah Hype. Over the past 5 years, I have seen the show maybe a handful of times. Like most adults, I am still at the office at 4 pm. I recognize that it will be the end of an era, but I can’t say I am going to miss something that I rarely bother to watch.

nana

November 19th, 2009
9:51 pm

WOW I must have missed the comments from the “conservative hate mongers that rome this site all day looking for an opportunity to display their bigotry.” per so called True American.

jeas3

November 19th, 2009
10:13 pm

@Keith – Jeez man, lighten up! Try and find something constructive to do with that anger…

de

November 19th, 2009
10:20 pm

she set the standard for taking the high road and for enrichment….while others were jerry springer type….she will be missed….

Piso Mojado

November 19th, 2009
10:25 pm

I’ve never watched an episode of her show. Guess I’ve always been at work. However, it is a shame losing a show like hers, with all of the garbage on TV these days.

Matt Ryan

November 19th, 2009
10:31 pm

Her show is rubbish. Other than when Tom Cruise losses his mind and jumps up on the sofa.

tisch

November 19th, 2009
10:43 pm

What a great run for a true trailblazer who never had to ansewer to anyone….Now she will pack up her bags and take her stuff to a place of her OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network}….You Go Girl!!!!!!!!!…And we will be coming with you.

FORSYTH MOM

November 19th, 2009
10:47 pm

To all of the hateful spirited people who type in their ugly remarks, my advise to you is to keep hiding behind the computer. You all will take any subject and turn it into a race issue especially if the subject is a bout a person who isn’t white. Do you really think that the only color God was able to create was white? People don’t fear God anymore and this is so obvious. Oprah, has done more for people period than she had to. No one really knows who all Oprah has blessed, so why would anyone say she has not helped black people. She may have, but may have done it in private. When you bless someone why should you have to publicize it to everyone? This is why God chooses wisely who he blesses with a lot of money because people are so evil minded. Who have any of you helped lately?

Jemimah

November 19th, 2009
10:47 pm

I believe she is a God sent woman, she has inspired so many people and a role model to many. i love every bit of her show!

Pago Flyer

November 20th, 2009
9:01 am

Somebody told us that when “her royal highness” enters the studio she makes the non-afro women stand and cheer/clap/yell and go crazy. If they don’t, they have to do it again..pretty funny.

Dr Phil

November 20th, 2009
9:05 am

Oh no! What will people do now that they cannot watch the Gospel of Oprah – how will they know what to do, eat, read or think!? Sorry but she lost many a followers when she said -“There couldn’t possibly be only one way to God, there must be millions of ways to God,” and thus has denied traditional Christian faith on Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.

Anthony

November 20th, 2009
9:15 am

Your leaving will leave the same sort of mark that a finger leaves after being pulled out of a pan of water.

Al Bundy President of No Ma'am

November 20th, 2009
9:17 am

Men around the country will rejoice. No more arguments beginning with “See, just like Oprah said…”

MissChelle

November 20th, 2009
9:18 am

It really doesn’t matter to me because i’m not a real Oprah Fan..but i do wish her the best of luck in what ever she does after her last show is aired..Hopefully they’ll have a great show to put in her time slot…HAVE A GREAT, SAFE & BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON ALL :)

BreezyATL

November 20th, 2009
9:23 am

Arrivederci BabyCakes!

righty

November 20th, 2009
9:27 am

Goodbye and good riddance! She put the final nail in her credibility coffin when she decided to endorse Obama on the air. Maybe now her sheeple will view other sources and find out something other than her opinion on an issue.

Put Down the Kool-aid

November 20th, 2009
9:27 am

What great news that the show is finally going away! I haven’t watched Oprah since the late 90s. Remember when her audience members could ask her guests questions? Remember when she covered current events and issues of the day? She was the female version of Phil Donohue— relevant, probing, informative.

Since the late 90s, she’s become a demi-god, and many of you subscribed to her self-created religion. Audience members no longer could ask questions; her topics were non-newsworthy; she began spewing her own psycho-babble and kool-aid; she began talking over experts that she invited to be on her show, not letting them get a word in otherwise; she had a non-stop parade of celebrities on her show; etc., etc., etc.

Oprah ceased from being a journalist and became a self-absorbed, self-created guru to many of you who have blindly followed like an addict looking for crack. Yes, she has helped many. Being generous and drinking your own kool-aid are NOT mutually exclusive things. Anyone who knows the Bible and world history understands that. If you don’t know the difference, I pity you.

It’s about time that you find a more productive way to spend your 4 o’clock hour.

fairtax

November 20th, 2009
9:33 am

ANOTHER failure by obama Sin Laden

sickntired

November 20th, 2009
9:56 am

too bad we have to wait until 2011. I think that she is a good person at heart and I actually enjoy her book club selections…but think that she wields way too much power in the sociopolitical landscape.
I think Dr. Phil is highly annoying…Dr. Oz is even worse (I can’t tell you as a healthcare provider how annoyed I constantly am at some crap advice given by him and endorsed by Oprah) and Tyra Banks…gimme a break!

don’t let the screen door hit you in the @$$, oprah….

Kpeaches

November 20th, 2009
9:56 am

Good riddance!

Ripped Again

November 20th, 2009
10:05 am

I see someone didn’t like my comment lol !

Manny

November 20th, 2009
10:12 am

2011, huh? I was laughing at the notion that they may replace her with Michelle Obama. LOL, right?

But then, I got to thinking: Michelle is beloved by women. They have similar views, empathies, and styles. They are both high-profile. And Michelle Obama lives in Chicago and is well-connected there.

There would be an hiatus of sorts in the talk-show circuit until Barack finishes their second term (which will be almost an absolute certainty that he will have, given the current group of potential Republican contenders- with the exception of Mitt Romney… but they’ll NEVER let him be the nominee. He’s not conservative enough and he’s a Mormon.)

But after all is said and done, Michelle might be the pick.

Condi Rice Supporter

November 20th, 2009
10:17 am

I wonder what the first thing is that Oprah will say to Satan when they meet among the Eternal Flames.

Burn, “GIRLFRIEND,” Burn !

OneChris

November 20th, 2009
10:20 am

She is getting old! Smart move! She can find talent that is fresh and exciting and make even more money. Glad she is ending it before it was no longer of interest to people.

mike

November 20th, 2009
10:30 am

Why does everything have to be such a major issue with the media? The media or anyone who has a voice within it seem to think every person on earth cares about every detail of everyone’s life!

Sheila

November 20th, 2009
10:37 am

Yell, now every bloody talk and news show is about Oprah leaving. Talk about bottom feeders!

Char

November 20th, 2009
11:14 am

I’m selling my Oprah 20th Anniversary DVD collection to the highest bidder. Any takers?