Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Lisa's Favorite Sites

Oprah: "Yellow brick road of blessings" is ending

(12:55: this entry has been updated with Discovery Communications statement.)

"After much prayer and months of careful thought, I've decided the next season, season 25, will be the last season of the "Oprah Winfrey Show'," daytime TV host Oprah Winfrey said Friday morning in a sometimes teary-eyed announcement confirming what her production company had announced to TV stations the previous evening.

"Why walk away and make the next season the last?" she asked rhetorically on the show, which aired Friday morning in Chicago, where her Harpo Productions is based.

"Here is the real reason -- I love this show. This show has been my life. And I love it enough to know when it's time to say 'goodbye.' Twenty-five years feels right in my bones and it feels right in my spirit. It's the perfect number, the exact right time. So I hope you will take this 18-month ride with me right through to the finale show," she said.

Some would argue it's also necessary, if she's ever going to get her much-delayed Oprah Winfrey Network launched, but she made no mention of the new cable network - a joint venture with Silver Spring-based Discovery Communication - during Friday's telecast.

When that cable network was announced, the game plan was to get it up and running in the second half of 2009 - now-ish. But it stalled for various reasons and reports surfaced earlier this month that Discovery Communications CEO Zaslav was urging Winfrey to focus all her attention on getting the cable net up and running.

(Friday afternoon, Zaslav issued a statement about Oprah's announcement: "There is no bigger brand in media than Oprah Winfrey. She has changed the broadcast landscape and how people consume television....Discovery Communications has a tremendous partner in Oprah, and we look forward to bring her and her creative vision, programming and unique voice to approximately 80 million homes on OWN.")

Instead of talking about OWN, Winfrey talked Friday about the "yellow brick road of blessing that have led me to this moment with you."

"Twenty-four years ago, on September 8, 1986, I went live from Chicago to launch the first national 'Oprah Winfrey Show.' I was beyond excited, and, as you might expect, a little nervous. I knew then what a miraculous opportunity I had been given."

Friday is Winfrey's last taping day of her show for the rest of the calendar year. On Friday's program, which aired at 9 a.m. in Chicago where her Harpo Productions is based, she said that during the holiday break, she and her team will brainstorm about how to wrap up the show's 25-year run.

"Season 25, we are going to knock your socks off. So the countdown to the end of the 'Oprah Winfrey Show' starts now."

Here's a clip:

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/video.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  November 20, 2009; 12:02 PM ET
Categories:  TV News  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Palin gooses Oprah's numbers
Next: NBC: We bagged first chat with White House Party "Crashers"

Comments

How typical of Oprah to announce her departure nearly 2 years in advance.

That way we have plenty of time for a never-ending farewell love tour.

After all, is 20 months too long for Oprah to hog the spotlight?

Posted by: AxelDC | November 20, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

After giving Palin a forum and lobbing her softballs, two years isn't soon enough. She's lost all credibility in my eyes in the pursuit of the almighty dollar!

Posted by: crossroadsnow | November 20, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Oprah's over-exposed; many people are just plain sick of her. And, her involvement and endorsement of Obama makes people less-trusting of her. It makes you wonder how much of what she's doing is politics, what angle is she coming from, etc.. It
leaves a bad taste.....

Posted by: ohioan | November 20, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Is she going to be like Celine Dion and that perpetual "farewell tour"? My God, how long must we suffer through this? After getting burned several times with her "book club" nonsense, I realized she had more money than brains when she hitched her star to Obama. To Oprah I say good fortune, good luck, but above all GOOD BYE!!!!!

Posted by: panamajack | November 20, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what mean-spirited comments and from those who no doubt have not made even an ounce of the positive impact she has made living her dreams. I am not a daily Oprah watcher, but I can appreciate her efforts to enlighten as opposed to drag down. From the Angel Network, to the School for girls in South Africa, to the reading club, and on and on, her achievements will outnumber the sum of her critics. Congratulations Oprah on a life well-lived!!!!

Posted by: CharacterCounts | November 20, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

This is Obama's fault somehow too. I don't know how, but i'm sure many rants here will explain.

Posted by: jlm062002 | November 20, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, Oprah is a businesswoman, a smart one to boot. That she makes a "teary eyed" statement like this nearly 2 years ahead of her real ending of the show, is meant to be a smart move to bring more people to watch her show.
Her ratings have dropped and she's no longer the influencer she used to be, so she's trying to get more viewers.
If this had been something else, like a move to a different network, she wouldn't have had to announce it this way that far ahead.

Posted by: Non-catholic | November 20, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse


Great!!
It is hard to believe that crowds of people, especially women, waiting in line to watch her show everyday. But it has happened.
It is sad that these people have this kind of time to waste.
And for Oprah, she milked the opportunity and her head got bigger than her shoulders.

One can not believe the talk of Oprah for president, Oprah for ambassador, Oprah for US representative for world cause, and other garbage.
What is wrong with this sh**t.
And now she has come up with a mystery of what would Oprah be in 2011? It really does not matter.
All the media and journalists are filling time on their shows with this garbage.
This article is WaPo contribution to Oprah’s departure. Get life!!

Posted by: 68b2b | November 20, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Have the haters yet realized that their perpetually sarcastic, negative bile is older and more overexposed than Oprah and Obama ever will be? Perhaps these hordes of losers have such venom because they realize Oprah and Obama are what they will never be: rich, world-famous icons who will have legacies and influence that stretches far beyond their sorry, selfish lives.

Posted by: nvamikeyo | November 20, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Here's something I don't give a s#!t about.

Posted by: bucinka8 | November 20, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

nvamikeyo - well said.

Posted by: TrunkCHV | November 20, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

It's been 24 years too long, if you ask me! The problem now is: who will the sheeple turn to now to tell them what and how to think?

Good riddance...

Posted by: doom_of_cthulhu | November 20, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

This weight obsessed narcisist can leave soon enough. Take Obama with you.

Posted by: Revcain777 | November 20, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Oprah! You know you've accomplished much when the haters come out in droves to speak ill of your billion dollar empire, lol...can't wait to see what you'll be up to next. And to those of you who rant about the drop in her ratings, please do tell if there is any other daytime talk show that comes close to her ratings even now? Nope, didn't think you could, lol...and if she were handing out cars you'd be the first in line to get one, lol...Oprah reins on daytime talk--eat your heart out haters, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | November 20, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't care less.
Never watched her, never will.
All I know about her is that she's a billionaire Obamabuddy. Yuck!

Posted by: Thozmaniac | November 20, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Who is Oprah?

Posted by: WhyMe4 | November 20, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully all those that watched her everyday will find something more productive to do with their lives than follow this "victim" around.

Posted by: cschotta1 | November 20, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

No mention by Oprah about her falling ratings.

Posted by: Diogenes | November 20, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

GO with God, but GO!

Posted by: bgreen2224 | November 20, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

TOO EARLY AND TOO MUCH NEWS MEDIAS' ATTENTION ABOUT HER ENDING.

I NEVER WATCH HER SHOW.

Posted by: jlr1Judy | November 20, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, typical snide comments by the unknowing of the known! Oprah made the announcement because of "contracts" that had to be negotiated for any period beyond 2011. It is a business. She was not announcing a 2-year tear-based emotional departure. It would be nice if those "smart" folk who want to denigrate the good work of others would take time to get their facts straight. Oprah has contributed a lot to our society and helped a lot of people. She will move any shows to her own network with Discovery, but she couldn't announce that, it is not protocol to do so! Class and culture being what they purport.

Posted by: HarrietA | November 20, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

good.

it was time.

oprah is

tired

old

fat

she had her day....

Posted by: ProCounsel | November 20, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I sense a lot of green-eyed monsters on this comment board. C'mon...attacking O?

Posted by: cosborne22304 | November 20, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I thought all of you ranting racist/conservatives/republicans or whatever you call yourselves to hideout did not read the liberal/left wing post. I think deep down you like us really, just cant disappoint mom and dad.

Posted by: cosborne22304 | November 20, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break, a "tearful" press conference. Go home and have a bonfire using a few of your millions as fuel. Actually I'm sure there is a cabinet post waiting for her in the Obama Administration. I used to think of her as an objective person, she destroyed that this past year. I had no real thoughts about Palin UNTIL she let Ophra, who's ratings are dropping like hot cakes, woo her onto the show. Good riddance.

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | November 20, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope her version of "successful television personality leaves long-standing program to begin new television enterprise" goes better than the Jay Leno version. Gawd, what a debacle that is.

Posted by: noybizz | November 20, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow.......
I can't believe all the mean spirited, vile, venom filled comments about a talk show host. Has Oprah created the perfect world with her T.V. show? No. But, to all the ones spewing hatred, what have YOU done to try and make the world a better place? Besides spewing hate filled rhetoric about someone you no nothing about.
Oprah has given away millions to try and help people of all races, creeds, and nationalities. She's brought to the forefront issues like weight control, illiteracy, racism, and political corruption. She has tried to make the world a better place, and in alot of ways has succeeded.
Her legacy will continue many, many years after your bones have been in the ground and turned to dust.
Jeez people, get a grip!!

Posted by: jjordan21951 | November 20, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not an Oprah fan, although I do recognize her as an icon and as someone who overcame adversity and became a great success story.

I do find it odd and sad that so many of you commenting on this story feel the need to mention the President with a talk-show host. Besides them both being immensely popular, Oprah much more so, the only other true connection is the color of their skin. To all you posters, thanks for showing YOUR true colors.

Posted by: mgt1 | November 20, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

One hopes that Oprah will remain engaged in the political process, as a counterweight for the increasingly Goebellian Faux News.

Posted by: jacquescustodian2 | November 20, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

It IS interesting that ignoramuses who have never done anything for anybody, merely grubbed in the mud for food, would tear down a basically nice person like Oprah. In that business, you have to be mighty smart and mighty energetic to make it that big, and at the same time, she made it easier because she had a good, generous heart. If you take a look at the mean, vain, and money grubbing a55holes out there that she shares the stage with, you'll understand what I mean. I mean, who would you rather have for an in-law, Oprah or The Donald?

Posted by: jacquescustodian2 | November 20, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

She could have ended it today and pleased everyone!

Posted by: GordonShumway | November 20, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse


All those have written kind words for O will be invited for afternoon tea with her.

Do not know how soon!!

Posted by: 68b2b | November 20, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Anyone see "Oprah '12" starting up? She has a lot more popular appeal than Clinton and Palin put together. She maintains the perception of being trustworthy, despite her Chicago roots (yep, you are all crooks, shut up). There is no added "stigma" from a life in politics.

In fact, she has played this game better than anyone so far. The DNC would be stupid not to recruit her, if they haven't already...

Posted by: htmn03 | November 20, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I guess the world's too small for both Oprah and Obama to hog to spotlight, so Oprah's going to bow out. One down, one to go.

Posted by: arlington1200 | November 20, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm not an Oprah fan, although I do recognize her as an icon and as someone who overcame adversity and became a great success story.

I do find it odd and sad that so many of you commenting on this story feel the need to mention the President with a talk-show host. Besides them both being immensely popular, Oprah much more so, the only other true connection is the color of their skin. To all you posters, thanks for showing YOUR true colors.

Posted by: mgt1 | November 20, 2009 4:41 PM |
-----------------------------
Well, and that whole Chicago thing. I am not calling either of them a crook though. The President is a politician, so the "crook" moniker is redundant. Oprah, on the other hand, has done nothing that I am aware of to warrant being compared to the President...

Posted by: htmn03 | November 20, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Could they put in Kornheiser and Wilbon in the time slot? I'd have something to watch then.

Posted by: kls1 | November 20, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Of course she's done this before when her ratings were slipping. And the timing is suspicious as well since this IS ratings season.

Posted by: remant | November 20, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

republicans need someone to vilify, but obama is golden for the moment, so they turn to oprah. although i never watched her show, i too and sick and tired of seeing her never changing "i'm fabulous, here's how you can be too" look on the cover of her magazine. she's everywhere...kind of like leona helmsley posting her pic in every hotel nook and cranny, pre-slammer. enough oprah! it's time to set your millions of adoring desperate stepford housewives free...so they can get a job or have more babies or something more productive than being a couch opratato for 25 years. when will the sheep and lemmings every learn?

Posted by: live_free_or_die | November 20, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

republicans need someone to vilify, but obama is golden for the moment, so they turn to oprah. although i never watched her show, i too am sick and tired of seeing her never changing "i'm fabulous, here's how you can be too" look on the cover of her magazine. she's everywhere - kind of like leona helmsley posting her pic in every hotel nook and cranny, pre-slammer. enough oprah! it's time to set your millions of adoring desperate stepford housewives free...so they can get a job or have more babies or something more productive than being a couch opratato for 25 years. when will the sheep and lemmings ever learn?

Posted by: live_free_or_die | November 20, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh! ...wait..did you say she was quitting??...I mean Yeeehhyyyy!

Posted by: FreddyFlyntstone | November 20, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I find all this hoopla over the end of a TV+ TV show--2 years from now--nauseating and dispiriting in the extreme. Is this really the best our"news" media has to offer us--24/7 coverage of Oprah Winfrey and Sara Palin? Wars are being fought, people are starving, more than 10% of us are unemployed, but but we are force-fed an endless pablum of Palin and Winfrey.

Posted by: nicekid | November 20, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

good for her ,I sincerely hope she is not planning to join her friend obama in DC.
oprah has no experience ,at all ........
I would not put it past the obama administration to try to run on a ticket in 2012 with a TV personality !!

Posted by: cmt138 | November 20, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Okraaaahhh!

Posted by: Atenora | November 20, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, I know I won't miss her one iota.

Posted by: Pete433 | November 20, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Bill Moyers is leaving, NOW is ending -- that is sad and important news for the nation: this is just gossip!

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/20/bill-moyers-to-leave-weekly-television/?src=twt&twt=nytimestv

Posted by: esthermiriam | November 20, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

But who will enable all the poor little bored housewives in their victimhood, feed their phony dreams, reward their obesity, and in pervert their reading selections? How will public library booksales make do without all the unread "Oprah-approved" paperbacks? How will cosmetic and the processed food industries market their junk to sad sack American mini-adult consumer fiends? What narcissistic celebrity will underprivileged Section 8 housing residents drool over now? (Ahem! Sarah Palin, this is your cue. With your family, you're just trashy and cheap enough to scoop up the Oprah demographic!)

Posted by: SydneyP | November 20, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Adios Ofrah!

Posted by: cschotta1 | November 20, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

adios n1gg3r

Posted by: goziner | November 20, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, goziner. How... thoughtful.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 20, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Oprah? Sorry I don't care because have a job and my house isn't in foreclosure.

Posted by: waxtraxs | November 20, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Oprah? Sorry I don't care because I have a job and my house isn't in foreclosure.

Posted by: waxtraxs | November 20, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I have to laugh. The same people who make fun of those who follow tent-show preachers then flip on Oprah and vote for Oprah's choice, Read Oprah's books, and take Oprah's opinions.

The irony of this situation is lost on these folks.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | November 20, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company