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It’s Official: Oprah Will End Her Talk Show In 2011

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Ever since Oprah Winfrey kicked off the 24th season of her talk show in September, she’s been desperate for publicity — shutting down Michigan Ave. here in Chicago so that The Black Eyed Peas could sing that one crappy song that’s more annoying than a fog horn; scoring the “hot” interviews (Whitney Houston, Mike Tyson, Sarah Palin and, my god, remember Mackenzie Phillips?), and, through it all, dangling the idea that she may leave her TV throne in the coming year. Well, she’s finally ready to make the big announcement.

In a letter to ABC affiliates (obtained by Access Hollywood), the President of Harpo Productions, Tim Bennet, wrote,

Tomorrow, Oprah will announce live on The Oprah Winfrey Show that she has decided to end what is arguably one of the most popular, influential and enduring programs in television history. The sun will set on the ‘Oprah’ show as its 25th season draws to a close on September 9, 2011…Oprah’s personal comments about this on tomorrow’s live show will mark a historic television moment that we will all be talking about for years to come.

Nice try. Oprah’s announcement tomorrow will be about as exciting as the press statement you just read. Word is out. What more insight could she possibly give? That she’s tired? Rich enough to never work again? Wants to spend more time with Gayle? Who cares? It’s not like Oprah’s empire is vanishing. There’ll still be O, her monthly magazine, and OWN, her upcoming cable channel. Maybe she’ll even act again (although I doubt that she’ll be appearing in any other Toni Morrison adaptations).

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