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Oprah lands Discovery hostages

[This post has been updated.]

Synergy is a beautiful thing.

Oprah's people announced Tuesday, in all-caps:


"Weeks after a gunman burst into Discovery [Communications] headquarters with explosive devices strapped to his body, the hostages speak for the first time. Tune in on Thursday, September 16, 2010 to 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'," the announcement continued.

This week is the First Week of the Last Season of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'. Oprah is leaving the world of daytime syndication in order to launch Oprah Winfrey Network in a joint venture with Discovery, early next year.

James Jay Lee, who was known for protesting programming on various Discovery cable networks -- the list includes Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, etc. -- was shot by police and died Sept. 1 after showing up at the company's Sliver-Spring headquarters carrying a handgun and holding three people hostage for hours.

Oprah's camp did not say whether all of the hostages -- two Discovery Communications employees and a security guard -- would be on hand to boost ratings the first week of her Very Last Season as Queen of Daytime.

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By Lisa de Moraes  |  September 14, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
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Will she also have the Washington Freedom soccer team on before they get sent to the four winds?

Posted by: bs2004 | September 14, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

So, 250,000 women will see the show.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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