CHICAGO << HARPO STUDIOS >> My sources have confirmed (I’ve always wanted to say that), that Oprah Winfrey is calling it quits sometime in 2011. She has been a fixture in millions of homes for more than 24 years and she deserves a break.
Yes, I’m a guy who watches Oprah. I watch her whenever her topics and or guests appeal to me. I don’t watch her just because she is on everyday. I watched when she first introduced the world to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen. I recently saw the brothers Jackson comment on Michael’s This Is It film. The show I think I remember most is the tribute she did for Black women, young and old who made it possible for her to be who and where she is. The younger generation of Black women who can achieve so much more than she did because of the older generation. I watched as Alicia Keys, and Gabrielle Union paid respect to women like Maya Angelou, Gladys Knight and Cicely Tyson. It’s both amazing and pitiful that there is a need for such a show.
I watched Oprah tackle tough subjects like incest, drugs, prejudice and weight loss. I saw the show when Oprah yelled, “You get a car, and you get a car, and you get a car!” After 25 years there are far too many to remember. I respect Oprah Winfrey far more than most. She didn’t take the Maury Povich route, she never went Jerry Springer and she honored the man, Phil Donahue who owned the number one spot when Oprah first started. Others have come and gone, Sally Jesse Raphael and Rosie O’Donnell to name a few but Oprah has remained true to herself and true to her audience.
Oprah plans to make the announcement today live on her show. The Oprah show is shown in 145 countries worldwide and an estimated 42 million viewers a week watch here in the United States.
Don’t be discouraged though. It has been speculated that Ms. Oprah will start a new talk show on her newly formed Oprah Winfrey Network. It is a venture with the Discovery Channel. Don’t worry about Oprah’s bank accounts either. She worth 2.5 billion according to Forbe’s magazine and has earned 275 million this year alone, helped by Harpo Studios production of The Oprah Show, Dr. Phil Show, The Rachel Ray Show and most recently, my favorite The Doctor Oz. show. I think Oprah should end her last show in 2011 by saying, in the words of the Terminator, “I’ll Be Back!”
How many of you read those three words with Arnold’s accent?
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