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The End Of The Road For Oprah?

The End Of The Road For Oprah?

To call the news shocking may be a bit of a stretch, but when Oprah Winfrey recently announced that she will be closing down her show in 2011 it felt like the end of an era for lots of folks.  Winfrey, after all, has held down the top spot of daytime talk for almost a quarter of a century now.  In the days following Winfrey’s big announcement many began to question what would be next for the the media icon and who, if anyone, would replace her?

While making the big announcement that she planned to end the show, Winfrey answered the question on everyone’s mind; why now?  Winfrey said, "Here is the real reason: I love this show, this show is my life, and I love it enough to know when it’s time to say goodbye.  It’s the perfect number, the exact right time."
  
If you think this news means Winfrey will soon be retiring you are probably wrong.  It is being reported that after finishing up her final season of the Oprah show she will focus more of her energy on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).  And with her recent success as an executive producer on the much-talked-about film "Precious", Winfrey may have more film projects in her future.

Almost as soon as Winfrey announced her show was leaving, the media began to question who would replace her.  Some names that have come up have been Ellen DeGenerous , Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, etc.  There is also speculation that Winfrey’s replacement could be someone entirely unknown.  Whoever it is, there is no doubt that they will have big shoes to fill.  In the last 24 years, Winfrey has proven that she can have a powerful voice in the media from covering books that soon become best-sellers to airing a show on mad-cow disease before dairy farmers watched sales plummet. 

What do you think of the news that Oprah Winfrey will soon end the Oprah show?

Do you have someone in mind who you think would make a good replacement?

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  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    12.11.09  

    No one can replace her after being on the air so long! I will miss the show but life does go on!

  • cybrown551 By cybrown551
    12.11.09  

    I will really miss her. There is no one that can replace Oprah. She is one of a kind. Really sad to see her go.

  • summitqwestcomp By summitqwestcomp
    12.11.09  

    I think that whoever replaces her definitely has a lot of pressure on them! I like the Oprah show and I'm excited to see what she does next!

  • momagarry By momagarry
    12.11.09  

    Tv will not be the same:(

  • MadHatter By MadHatter
    12.11.09  

    who ever will be taking her time slot will have some big shoes to fill, that is all i have to say. the woman is an idol to a lot of women. she is strong, she is rich, and she is intelligent. everything she has gained was from her own hard working hands and determination. i respect her, and will miss her greatly when she leaves.

  • pjclayton57 By pjclayton57
    12.11.09  

    I will miss the show but see this as a way for her to do even more good than she has already done! I am sure that we will still see a great deal of her even once her show ends.

  • babygirl68691982 By babygirl68691982
    12.11.09  

    She's an inspiratioin to everyone. I'm really going to miss the show. There's still her magazine....I recommend it to all my friends

  • Brandywww By Brandywww
    12.14.09  

    I would love to go to her last Christmas shows, and all her favorite things! My 85 year old Mom watches her everyday.

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip
    12.16.09  

    TV will be strange without the show but the public will quickly forget and replace that show with some thing else. Would be neat to see some of the very first Oprah shows re run again.

  • Linda9647 By Linda9647
    12.17.09  

    She will be missed. She has done so much good in her lifetime. Times change people change, things change. she will be replaced and people will get use to her in her new role whatever she decides to do I am sure she still has much more good she wants to do maybe in another way. God Bless her for all that she is and all that she has done. she will find what life has for her to do next.

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