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The nation let out a collective gasp yesterday at the news that Oprah Winfrey plans to end her daytime talk show at the end of its 25th season. Take a moment to envision an Oprah-less future. What do you see?

By Mike McPhate  |  November 20, 2009; 10:44 AM ET
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I think the whole Oprah phenomenon is a bit baffling. Oprah is no different from a million other attractive, intelligent, articulate, and socially aware African American women; the difference is she was in the right place at the right time and the planets were in alignment (or however you'd describe someone's blessings or good fortune). My daughter and I have actually been guests on Oprah's show and direct beneficiaries of her largesse -- beautiful hotel, limousines, meals, etc. But I have to say that I was unnerved by her studio audience -- overwhelming white female -- who swooned, cried and some who nearly fainted in her presence. I personally don't "get it", and in fact, think that there's something terribly frightening about any one person's hold on the masses. If Oprah mixed the Kool-Aid and told them to drink, they would! At any rate, I've enjoyed her show in the past, but quite frankly see nothing new under the sun about it now. I wish Oprah well, but as far as I'm concerned, her time is up. Besides, she's not going far -- just to another more lucrative TV venture ... so if you really don't think you can live without her, I'm sure there's a local cable company that would love to have you as a customer ...

Posted by: Tootsumi | November 20, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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