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(Breaking news) Oprah Winfrey's talk show comes to an end!

Oprah Winfrey spoke directly to viewers about her reasons for ending The Oprah Winfrey Show at a live taping Friday.
"After much prayer and months of careful thought, I have decided that next season, season 25, will be the last season of The Oprah Winfrey Show," the daytime queen said. "Over the next couple of days, you may hear a lot of speculation in the press about why I am making this decision now...and that will mostly be conjecture.

"So why walk away and make next season the last? Here is the real reason: I love this show," Winfrey said. "This show has been my life. And I love it enough to know when it's time to say good-bye. Twenty-five years feels right in my bones, and it feels right in my spirit. It's the perfect number — the exact right time. So I hope that you will take this 18-month ride with me right through to the final show."

Winfrey offered no specifics about her plans for the future, except to say that she intended to produce the best possible shows during her last 18 months on the air.

"Over this holiday break, my team and I will be brainstorming new ways that we can entertain you and inform you and uplift you when we return here in January," she said. "And then, season 25 — we are going to knock your socks off."

CBS Television Distribution, which distributes the show to more than 200 U.S. markets, held out hope it could continue doing business with Winfrey, perhaps producing a new show out of its studios in Los Angeles.

"We know that anything she turns her hand to will be a great success," the CBS Corp. unit said in a statement. "We look forward to working with her for the next several years, and hopefully afterwards as well."

Many fans heading into Harpo Studios on Friday morning seemed to support Winfrey's decision.

"It's time to elevate to something new," said Sandra Donaldson, 59, of Indianapolis. "Whatever she does is going to be a blessing. It's going to be rewarding and eye-opening. Her name alone opens doors."

Once a local Chicago morning program, the production evolved into television's top-rated talk show for more than two decades, airing in 145 countries worldwide and watched by an estimated 42 million viewers a week in the U.S. alone.

Audience members described the atmosphere inside the studio Friday as tense and emotional, with some reaching for tissues as Winfrey announced her decision. "The whole audience was very quiet and she kept saying, `You can breathe,'" said Jennifer Aguilera, 32, of Joliet, Ill.

Fans expressed hope that Winfrey would soon announce another project.

"Oprah, she impacts everybody, her life, the way she gives," said Shawana Fletcher, 29, of Chicago. "I hope she's not totally done. That's what we're praying."

Winfrey's 24th season opened this year with a bang, as she drew more than 20,000 fans to Chicago's Magnificent Mile for a block party with the Black Eyed Peas. She followed with a series of blockbuster interviews — Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, Whitney Houston and ESPN's Erin Andrews, and just this week, former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

As a newcomer, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" chipped away at talk-show king Phil Donahue's dominance. Later, it turned to inspiration. The show's coverage ranged from interviews with the world's celebrities to an honest discussion about Winfrey's weight struggles.

In 1986, pianist-showman Liberace gave his final TV interview to Winfrey, just six weeks before he died. In a 1993 prime-time special, Michael Jackson revealed he suffered from a skin condition that produces depigmentation. Tom Cruise enthusiastically declared his affection for the much-younger Katie Holmes on the program in 2005 — and jumped on the couch to prove it.

In 2004, Winfrey unveiled her most famous giveaway, when nearly 300 members of the studio audience opened a gift box to find the keys to a new car inside. The stunt became a classic show moment as much for Winfrey's reaction — "You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car!" — as its $7 million price tag.

The show also became a launching pad for Oprah's Book Club, which then launched best-sellers. The titles ranged from "Song of Solomon" and "Paradise" by Toni Morrison to Wally Lamb's "She's Come Undone" and Elie Wiesel's "Night."

For others, the selection backfired. "A Million Little Pieces" exploded in sales after Winfrey chose the James Frey memoir in fall 2005. Soon after, it was revealed as a fabricated tale of addiction and recovery, and Winfrey later chewed out Frey on her show.

The loss of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" would be a blow to CBS Corp., which earns a percentage of hefty licensing fees from TV stations that use it — largely ABC affiliates. CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves told analysts two weeks ago that the contract with the show runs through most of 2011 and "if there's a negative impact, it wouldn't hit us until '12."

"Oprah's been a force of media and there's really no person you can look to out there who you could say, `That's the heir apparent,'" said Larry Gerbrandt, an analyst for Media Valuation Partners in Los Angeles. Gerbrandt noted many stations build their schedules around Winfrey's show.

"It's a big loss, but not as huge as it would have been 10 years ago," he said. "However, it still commands the biggest audience and ABC station competitors are licking their chops."

Talk of the show's end often has accompanied Winfrey's contract negotiations. Before signing her current contract in 2004, she talked about quitting after the 2005-2006 season. As far back as 1995, she called continuing "a difficult and important decision."

Winfrey started her broadcasting career in Nashville, Tenn., and Baltimore, Md., before relocating to Chicago in 1984 to host WLS-TV's morning talk show "A.M. Chicago" — which became "The Oprah Winfrey Show" one year later. She set up Harpo the following year and her talk show went into syndication.

Powered by the show's staggering success, Winfrey built a media empire. Harpo Studios produces shows hosted by Dr. Phil McGraw and celebrity chef Rachael Ray. O, The Oprah Magazine was the nation's 7th most popular magazine in the first half of 2009.

Earlier this year, Forbes scored Winfrey's net worth at $2.7 billion.

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Comment by ian w on November 21, 2009 at 9:10am
This is the end of an era..... tv will not be the same anymore
Comment by sparkle roach on November 20, 2009 at 11:56am
s*** can i get a ticket she will be giving away alot more things
Comment by Zakiya on November 20, 2009 at 8:31am
I have been a Fan of Oprah Winfrey since 1987, and I like and admire Oprah for several reason. However, I think that ending her show in 2011 is not soon enough. In MY opinion, the 'show' made a nose-dive about a year ago...simply boring. It is always comforting to know that if you missed the 4pm show, viewers have the opportunity to catch it at 7pm or 1:05am (the following day). But now who cares?

In the early days some of the 'show's topics' were controversial, raunchy, informative, tear-jerking, etc, etc. Miss Winfrey covered it all. However, Miss Winfrey lost weight and the tables turned. She no longer felt it necessary to take questions from her devoted audience. Her settings became like that, of 'late night TV' talk shows. Hello! Not a problem, we welcome change. The genre of the show took a turn, from interviewing, (as America calls it) 'regular people,' to celebrities, (according to America, implying they are above 'regular people')...sigh. Still not a problem...we welcome change.
MY upset was when Oprah, interviewed the bleach blond prostitute from of the Bunny Ranch, (sitting in the audience, her boyfriend/pimp/owner of the Ranch). I was like Oprah, 'do we need this, are you goin' back to your old days, did you run out of celebrities...can Mark Greene come by, show us AGAIN how to lose at least 5 pounds???
Then this past week, she interviewed Jenna Jamison, (I did not watch the show). Like do I really want to know how this multi-milllion dollar profe$$ional hooker/porn star operate$. (a rhetorical question, in my disgust voice). It is common knowledge how influential Oprah can be, one eg. the President of the USA. Any and everything Oprah touches, turns into gold, or some metal thereof. My issue with Jenna Jameson's interview was, fear of the ideas that will be going through the heads of young women who are struggling in this decline of an economy. I understand Jenna spoke of the amount of money she made/is making, (I don't know). And why do these people do their do, then talk about doing it to help other women who are in the industry, and being mistreated? Woman you did it for you, stop the bu*&s^#t. That should have been a topic for Jerry, or Geraldo...oops, Geraldo is gone. Oprah what's up with that?! She regressed.

Bye Oprah, Love yuh, but will not miss yuh...I had enough. As it is I rarely tune in anymore. Maauuuuh!!
Comment by sasha king on November 20, 2009 at 6:30am
wow what will be left to watch on daytime tv wendy williams? hell no

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