After 25 years on air, Oprah Winfrey, close to tears, told her studio audience Friday 20 November that she would end her show in 2011.
In Winfrey’s own words: I love this show. This show has been my life, she told viewers.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.
The announcement did not come as a surprise to those in the know as she plans to devote time to OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a joint venture with Discovery Communications that will launch in January of 2011.