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Oprah's Daytime Domination: 13 Talk Shows That Died During Her 25-Year Reign

by Jean Bentley, posted May 24th 2011 11:00AM
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey has managed to stay on the air for a nearly unrivaled 25 years while keeping her show current and fresh. How? That's a mystery we mere mortals may never understand.

But there were several stars who attempted to duplicate the big O's success over the years, all starting with the naming standard no future host would dare to change: 'The [Insert Name of Host] Show.'

Though many managed to last more than a decade each (persistence paid off for Montel Williams, Ricki Lake, Geraldo Rivera and Jenny Jones), no other talk show host has made it to the quarter century mark.

To show you just how big a feat Oprah has accomplished, here's a list of 13 daytime talk shows that came and went during Oprah's tenure, a feature which could also be called Talk Shows that Oprah Killed.

'The Roseanne Show' (1998-2000)
After Roseanne Barr's eponymous sitcom ended, the comedienne turned to daytime television to display her unique brand of in-your-face working class comedy. Between interviewing celebrity guests like Enrique Iglesias and William Shatner, the actress starred in skits that occasionally featured members of the live studio audience.

'The Rosie O'Donnell Show' (1996-2002)
Before her blog haikus and art career, actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell hosted a family friendly daytime talk show where she interviewed celebrities, gave prizes to her studio audiences and playfully crushed on Tom Cruise. One aborted 'View'-hosting stint later, O'Donnell will take her Oprah-approved talk show to OWN this fall. Fun fact: she'll be filming at the house that Oprah built, Harpo Studios in Chicago.

'The Caroline Rhea Show' (2002-2003)
Handpicked by Rosie O'Donnell to inherit the daytime talk show throne, Rhea's iteration of the show didn't take off with viewers. It was canceled after a brief nine-month run.

'Geraldo' (1987-1998)
A lowbrow precursor to 'The Jerry Springer Show,' Geraldo Rivera's daytime series ran for more than a decade and featured juicy celebrity exposes, fistfights and scandalous topics. The show's most famous moment came during the second season, when a brawl broke out between white supremacists, black activists, anti-racist skinheads, Jewish activists, audience members and crew members. Even Rivera himself threw a few punches.

'The RuPaul Show' (1996-1998)
The legendary drag queen worked her 'Supermodel' success into a cable variety/talk show on VH1. Celebs stopped by to chat with RuPaul, perform and participate in comedy skits. The show was co-hosted by longtime sidekick Michelle Visage, who now appears as a judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race.'

'The Jenny Jones Show' (1991-2003)
Jones dropped the Oprah-like talk show format after two seasons and segued straight into tabloid-friendly fare like paternity tests, boot camp for out-of-control teens and feuding neighbors. The show made headlines in 1995 when a guest killed the man who brought him on the show to confess his crush. The victim's family sued Jones and the show for not adequately screening the participants and won a $25 million judgment that was eventually overturned.

'Ricki Lake' (1993-2004)
Go Ricki! The actress' long-running talk show featured invited guests discussing a variety of topics. Lake, who lost the outstanding talk show host Daytime Emmy to Oprah in 1994, is currently developing a new version of the show that is scheduled to debut in 2012.

'The Montel Williams Show' (1991-2008)
The often inspirational series featured shows dedicated to mother-child reunions, finding lost loves and rape and assault survivors. Montel Williams, a Navy veteran, earned seven Daytime Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

'The Joan Rivers Show' (1989-1993)
Noted comedian, 'Celebrity Apprentice' winner and plastic surgery patient Joan Rivers was no stranger to talk shows, having frequently appeared on 'The Tonight Show' and the short-lived 'The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers.' Rivers' daytime attempt lasted five years, and even earned her a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show host in 1990.

'The Tyra Banks Show' (2005-2010)
The 'America's Next Top Model' guru decided making wannabe models cry wasn't enough do-gooding, so she launched a daytime talk show focusing on women's issues. The show took on a decidedly 'Oprah'-esque vibe with a 'Maury' twist, but ended in 2010 when Banks decided she'd had enough.

'The Sharon Osbourne Show' (2003-2004)
Riding the post-'Osbournes' wave of success, the wife of rocker Ozzy tried her hand at the talk show circuit. Clearly -- seeing as the show only lasted for a season before its cancellation -- Osbourne soon realized the solo talk show wasn't her forte. She's back on TV as a panelist on CBS's morning show 'The Talk,' and is about to judge her fifth season of 'America's Got Talent.'

'The Wayne Brady Show' (2001-2004)
ABC tried to find a way to leverage the success of breakout 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' star Wayne Brady, turning the triple-threat's variety show into a syndicated daytime talk show after a year due to low ratings. Unfortunately, the show never found its footing in the crowded market and shuttered in 2004.

'The Megan Mullally Show' (2006-2007)
Another funny lady who got her own talk show, Mullally failed to differentiate her series from the rest of the shows on air. The series was canceled after just one season.

Do you have a long-forgotten talk show favorite? Sound off in the comments.

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I agree with this but for some of these shows I would necessarily say that Oprah "killed them" . Take The Rosie O'Donnell Show for example this was THE talk show of the 90's all the big stars went to Rosie. The Rosie O'Donnell Show beat out Oprah for the Emmy Awards and also beat her occasionally in the ratings. Oprah has even said that the one show that seriously gave her show a run for is money was The Rosie O'Donnell Show. In the end it was Rosie's decision to leave the show at the height of its popularity she walked a way form a 50 million dollar deal to stay on the air but she decided to spend time with her family. So I wouldn't say that Oprah killed The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

April 17 2012 at 9:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Oprah still reigns regardless of the end of her show and life.

May 31 2011 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

have no idea why oprah was so p opular---------------i think she is arrogant-------------self serving-------------using her wealth to prey upon the less fortunate-using them to make her look-----------like a benefactor------------i doubt that her own network will survive------------------ellen is a real person- a true benefactor---------------but i wish them both well

May 31 2011 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I only hope that when the Oprah show is replaced the honor and realism remains. I feel as though I have lost my best friend........."LIGHT BULB MOMENT" Love ya Oprah and good luck in all your endevors

Diane in KC

May 31 2011 at 3:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh, shows like Ricki Lake, Rosie O'Donnell, Geraldo and Jenny Jones were successful for many years . There were a whole bunch of talk shows that bombed from the start during that time frame that they didn't name. Does anyone remember daytime talk show hosts like Bertice Berry, Danny Bonaduce, Suzanne Somers, Donny & Marie, Pat Sajack, Ilanya Vanzant, Jane Pauley, Rolanda, Carnie Wilson...just to name a few.

May 31 2011 at 1:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sorry,I farted

All were good but my favs are still The Dinah Shore show .. Mike Douglas.. Merv Griffin..and Phil Donohue..

May 30 2011 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Douglas was the best!!!

May 30 2011 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

glad to see someone remembers Phill Donohue!

May 31 2011 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sharon Elaine

I like The Tyra Banks Show. A lot of variety-not the same old gruesome-who my baby dadday sigh. I will definitely Miss Oprah's talk show but I see her on "OWN". Oprah is a wonderful host and a smart businesswoman. Oprah let her public know it is okay to be imperfect,you are still here for a reason.

Love Ya Oprah

May 30 2011 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oprah will be m;issed in that time slot 5:00PM EST on Channel 5 here in Massachusetts. Was pleased to see
her generousity was possible due to the sponsorships of her program. The audience knows I hope that she
looked to kind to people due to all the gifts she gave to them was possible through her sponsors that made
this happen for them. Her wealth would have been effected if she ever did have to pay for any and all of this
gifts that she gave the audience. So really I ask you how generous was she really. She amassed quite a fortune
due to the exposure that she had with sponsors, so in turn , this how she was made wealthy. She is a very savy woman while being in the entertainment field at how to acquire what she did and knew how to make it happen
for herself. The public she knew was an important factor if bringing their attention to the products/books she
recommended. Guess what the public responded as she knew they would and so the rest of this is history.
People make or break a person wealthy WE do have a lot of power, need I say more.

May 30 2011 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It may be a different title but Tyra is still on. Miss Banks is doing well in ratings.

May 30 2011 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't know any men who watched Oprah. For women, it was a vicarious adventure of gifts, joys and heartbreaks. For most men, it was plain stupid. Give me Ellen Degeneres any day -- she's all that Oprah is and she;s funny.

May 29 2011 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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