'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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  • by s Location: butler on Nov 26, 2009 at 07:34 PM
    Stop hating on oprah, she can't help everyone in the world. if she did that then what will she have.this is for that lady that call on the Ricky smiley show.its good that you r giving back in your community and maybe she is to.and just because she haven't help you are anyone one else that's her money.stop looking for a hand out and help yourself.she help people in africa cause they cant help themself.instead of us hating on blacks when they do good when need to start being happy for one another.don't look for oprah to help you all the time just because she is black and have alot of money. do you know that the same god that bless her will bless you.so stop hating on oprah pray to our heavenly father to bless us(you). we as black people need to stop being jealous when one of us get money and you don't. oprah isn't all that bad she never have to help me a day in her life and i will never judge her cause that not my place.love one another, be happy,we have oprah and a black president
  • by just my opinion Location: Lauderdale County on Nov 25, 2009 at 04:24 PM
    It's about time. Yep, ed, she IS all business. I agree totally, anonymous, she did preach a false gospel. Yeah Tim & Carl!!! Maybe the millions of her followers "into darkness" can DE-toxify from her. Maybe there's hope after all. Now she can sit on her laurels & her mega $$$ millions & gloat.
  • by ed on Nov 25, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    well not so dumb after all signed a contract with HBO for kinky news.. well all the talk about women being degraded .. guess she had a change odd heart when the money was right
  • by ed on Nov 22, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    over time her help became braggadocios.... you help anyone you dont it there blowing your own horn.. and those she did help not much was a follow up on.. years later... she was there and help for the money... she was business tot he core.. remembers when she came here to meridian.. talk about control on all things.. was like going to the town hall meetings today.. and all things filtered not to make the Rep look bad.. like i said before.. we have forgot what it is to be in service to help each other .. but we haven't forgotten to see what we can get out of if we do help... most people and groups start off well meaning but in time they become the monster they fought agaisnt..
  • by CAP Location: Mississppi on Nov 21, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    You never supposed to look down on no one because what goes around will definitely come back around!! Oprah had a lot of helpful shows that helped me out. Whatever she does/did wrong, she will have to take it up the Lord. She have done a great job, besides, she don't care about your negativity. THat is what keeps her rising. But just like some don't like OBAMA, guess what: HE IS STILL THE PRESIDENT!! May God richly bless each and everyone of you!!
  • by H Location: union ms on Nov 21, 2009 at 03:01 AM
    She has helped alot of people thru the years.She does not put herself out too be GOD or anyone else.She tries to help people and bring alot of useful information too people.
  • by D Location: Mississippi on Nov 20, 2009 at 03:44 PM
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    I know that she helped alot of areas with her money but I have to tell you that I'm am so glad that I will not have to con't to hear people say "Did you see ____ on Oprah" or "I heard it on Oprah". I work for a living and can't see Oprah at any of the times she is aired, I wouldn't anyway. She may have meant well but she has drawn people away from the truth of the gospel into "New Age" stuff and that really kind of takes precedent over all the good.
  • by Sherry Location: Choctaw County Alabama on Nov 20, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    Opra Help a lot of people you are just player hateing. I like the fact that she really help school and who ever need help I wish I could get in contact so she can help out Per-K here in Choctaw Couny we need a play ground a a lot of more thing donated we need some help from some million aries!! Choctaw County Elementary School Butler, Alabama
  • by Tim on Nov 20, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    Oprah is a fake and I am proud to hear this news.
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