After weeks of speculation, Oprah Winfrey officially announced The Oprah Winfrey Show will go off the air in September, 2011. Oprah made the announcement Friday in a tearful statement at the end of her show.


“After much prayer and careful thought, I decided that next season, season 25, will be the last season,” Oprah said. “I love this show… This show has been my life and I love it enough to know when it’s time to say goodbye.”

Winfrey thanked her fans for their support over the last 25 years. “These years with you, our viewers, have enriched my life beyond measure… I want you all to know my relationship with you is one that I hold very dear.”

Oprah fans shouldn’t worry they won’t be seeing the talk show diva on TV again after next year. The mega-millionaire is currently working on the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a joint venture with Discovery Communications. No doubt Oprah will be showing her face there probably as frequently as she does on the cover of O Magazine.

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