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Oprah Winfrey to End Her Talk Show in 2011

by Liane Bonin, posted Nov 19th 2009 8:00PM
Say it ain't so, O!

According to Reuters, Oprah Winfrey has decided to celebrate her talk show's 25th anniversary in 2011 with a bang -- by ending it.

The sad news for devotees of She Who Makes Books Bestsellers was announced by her production company, Harpo Inc., on Thursday.

In a statement posted on the Web sites of several TV station affiliates that air the show, Harpo president Tim Bennett said Winfrey would make the official announcement on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' on Fri., Nov. 20.Say it ain't so, O!

According to Reuters, Oprah Winfrey has decided to celebrate her talk show's 25th anniversary in 2011 with a bang -- by ending it.

The sad news for devotees of She Who Makes Books Bestsellers was announced by her production company, Harpo Inc., on Thursday.

In a statement posted on the Web sites of several TV station affiliates that air the show, Harpo president Tim Bennett said Winfrey would make the official announcement on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' on Fri., Nov. 20.

So why is Miss O doing this horrible, horrible thing to us? In keeping with the show's grand tradition of talking things out, Winfrey will also explain her decision. As for the show's staff, according to MSNBC, employees who have three years of experience who aren't placed elsewhere in the organization will receive severance packages.

We're guessing anyone who'd cruelly leave us to sift through the dregs of such unappealing daytime programming as 'The Young and the Restless' and 'Judge Judy' (not to mention 'The Tyra Banks Show' ... ) must have really good reasons -- especially considering hers is currently the top-rated U.S. daytime talk show, with an average of 7.1 million viewers.

One possible reason the blogosphere has been buzzing about? The rumor that Winfrey may not be going off the air for good, but instead taking her talk show format out on her own -- on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), naturally.

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