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.
Rumors have been flying Oprah Winfrey will shortly be taking her daytime talk show to her own new cable network. Reports also claim Oprah would moving the show from its home in Chicago to Los Angeles. According to Oprah’s reps, however, no such decision has yet been made.
“Oprah has not made a decision,” Harpo spokesperson Angela DePaul said in a press statement. Fans of the show should stay tuned, however, because the big O will be making “an announcement before the end of the year.”
The CBS contract for the Oprah Winfrey Show expires in 2011, coinciding with the talk show diva’s 25th year on television. Rumor has it Oprah may just decide to call it quits for her show and move on to other projects. Or she might stay with the show and move it to her own new channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The new channel is reportedly a joint venture between Discovery networks and Oprah.
If the show does move to cable, the result could be bad news for Oprah. Her talk show has been suffering from a mass fall in ratings over the past five years. A move to cable, especially to a brand new network, could drive the ratings down even further.
â€œWe are not commenting on rumors or speculation,â€ a spokesperson for OWN said about the possible move. “(OWN) will announce our launch date by the end of the year.â€