'Oprah Winfrey Show' to End

Oprah Winfrey will end her long-running talk show in 2011.

Television stations who broadcast the show, including WTOK-TV, were notified Thursday. Winfrey will inform her audience on Friday's show.

Officials say the "sun will set on the 'Oprah' as its 25th season draws to a close Sept. 9, 2011.

There may well be something new on the horizon. Tim Bennett, president of Harpo, Inc., said in a letter to affiliates that "if you think the last quarter century has been something, then don’t touch that dial, as together we plan to make history in the next 20 months, and beyond."

One her show Friday, Winfrey said, “I love this show. 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 continued, “So, the countdown to the end of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ starts now and until that day in 2011 when it ends, I intend to soak up every meaningful, joy-filled moment with you.”

After production wraps on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Winfrey says she plans to appear and participate in new programming for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a 24-hour cable network that reflects her vision, values and interests. The launch date for OWN, a joint venture with Discovery Communications, is now set for January 2011.

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