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Ending one of the most successful runs on television ever, Oprah Winfrey
will announce tomorrow that she plans to stop filming her immensely popular afternoon talk show in 2011. Oprah Winfrey and guest Mariah Carey on a recent episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. (Getty Images)
The news broke this afternoon from Tim Bennett, the president of Winfrey's Harpo production house. In a statement released to affilliate stations across the country, Bennett says "the sun will set on the 'Oprah' show as its 25th season draws to a close on September 9, 2011." According to the Wall Street Journal
, Oprah told her own 600-member staff about her decision to end the show in an all-hands meeting Thursday afternoon.
Oprah began her talk show career as the host of the WLS-TV morning talk show, AM Chicago
. The show was quickly renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show
and began being broadcast nationally in September of 1986.
As the show grew, it moved away from its early days as a tabloid-esque gabfest and into more serious territory, with Winfrey doing shows on topics such as heart disease in women, geopolitics, and honest discussions of religion and spirituality. She also grew her own multimedia empire, becoming, for a time, the world's only African-American billionaire.
Up next for Winfrey? She's announced plans to start up her own television network, taking over the struggling Discovery Health Channel and rebranding it as OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
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