Prepare to say goodbye to the Queen of Talk. Multi-award winning talk show host Oprah Winfrey has decided to pull the plug on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated talk show in American television history. A spokeswoman for Winfrey's production company, Harpo, has confirmed that Winfrey will make the announcement on her show on Friday. The Oprah Winfrey Show
"Tomorrow, Oprah will announce live on The Oprah Winfrey Show that she has decided to end what is arguably one of the most popular, influential and enduring programs in television history," Tim Bennett, president of Harpo, said in a message to affiliates. "The sun will set on the Oprah show as its 25th season draws to a close on Sept. 9, 2011."
, which premiered on September 8, 1986, is still number 1 among syndicated talk shows, averaging about 7 million viewers a day. Throughout the years, Oprah
has featured several unforgettable guest stars including Tom Cruise, who jumping on a couch while proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes, Charla Nash, who revealed what her face looked like for the first time since she was mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee, and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, just to name a few.
According to The New York Times
, Winfrey's decision to end The Oprah Winfrey Show
will give her more time to concentrate on her cable channel, OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network), which is intended to replace the Discover Health Channel in about 74 million households. Aside from OWN, Winfrey also has an endless list of media ventures that currently contributes to her reputation and worth, which according to Forbes magazine is at $2.7 billion.
"We have the greatest respect for Oprah and wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors," CBS Television Distribution said in a statement. "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."
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist(Image courtesy of Wire Image)