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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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  • KatWoman64 By KatWoman64
    12.18.09  

    I could care less.

  • reddhedd17 By reddhedd17
    12.19.09  

    Oprahwill most likely still be in the news and focusing on other projects she has. I have no idea who will follow in her footsteps.... I am sure there will be a lot of ladies able and willing to step up.... I like Oprah

  • mommys3angels By mommys3angels
    12.23.09  

    I don't think anyone needs to replace her. She does a lot of good things for a lot of people, but there are a lot of other people out there doing the same (most with a lot less money and resources). I've never been a follower of her show.

  • Flossy14 By Flossy14
    12.27.09  

    I think Oprah is self absorbed. She gives advice about life , but she never married, never had children, how does she know real life?

  • Alyssarae92293 By Alyssarae92293
    12.29.09  

    I WILL REALLY MISS OPRAH. ISSO SAD THAT HER SSHHOW IS GOING TO BE OVER BUT 25 YEARS IS A LONG TIME

  • curlysue By curlysue
    01.08.10  

    I am really going to miss Oprah on the air. No one is going to be able to be the same as she has for all these years.

  • 805Therapy By 805Therapy
    02.16.10  

    I am ok with this. She is every where all the time. A little burned out over here. Don't feel she will really disappear - for those who are fans.

  • kyhomebody By kyhomebody
    02.21.10  

    I've been very diappointed in this last season of shows since she anounced he ending show the energy is gone and the guests and topics are lame,perhaps shes burned out on doing this show. replacing her would be hard,i think there are too many talk shows as it is ,i'd like to see a different format perhaps a show geared to promoting family interactin,a show that has meals moms and kids cook together,crafts,family discussions on kids issues with peers ect,

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  • DANdiaye By DANdiaye
    08.22.10  

    Oprah's ratings prove what people want in a talk show. We want to talk about real life. We want to be informed. We want to be entertained. We want to have access to products and services that may help or enhance our state of being. Oprah gave her viewers just that without insulting their intelligence. I can't think of who could replace her . I hope it's not Tyra.

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