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Nov. 19 2009 - 6:54 pm | 8 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

End of the Oprah Era

Oprah Winfrey in Toronto in September 2009 (C.J. LaFrance/Getty)

Oprah Winfrey in Toronto in September 2009 (C.J. LaFrance/Getty)

AP reports that Oprah Winfrey will announce tomorrow that she’ll sign off for the last time in 2011 — after 25 years.

In a statement, Tim Bennett, the President of Harpo, Inc., said, “We want to thank you for the partnership and friendship we have shared over the years. Your invaluable support has helped us to create the phenomenon of the “Oprah Show” that we’ve all been so proud to be a part of for the last 24 years.”

There’s no word just yet on what’s next for Oprah.

via Oprah to end her talk show

It’s not really an exaggeration to say that Oprah ending her talk show will truly change the face of television.  Over the course of her career she’s revitalized publishing, launched brands people like and others that people aren’t so crazy about. She’s run the gamut from covering tabloid nightmares to celebrity interviews to just downright amazing stories. And let’s not forget the car giveaway.

What’s next for Oprah? She could spend more time at her leadership academy in Africa — and on building others. Or work with the Gates Foundation on education. She could become a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Join the Obama administration. Or build a house with bricks made of money.

Or she could just keep the show — on cable.

What do you think she should do?


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    Racism infuses American society; I write about it frequently in my T/S blog about the fractured criminal justice system. Misogyny also infuses American society. So, I often wonder, in what probably sounds like a simple-minded way, how did Oprah attain so much influence. Nothing I have read about her has answered my question adequately. Maybe, after Oprah leaves her tv show, a modicum of cultural distance will help me attain the answer.

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