Is the queen of daytime TV going to hang up her scepter and crown?
Seems so. Today, Oprah Winfrey will announce, after 25 seasons on the air, that her syndicated daily talk show will come to an end Sept. 9, 2011.
Winfrey’s announcement will come at the finale of a powerhouse week of guests–including a highly anticipated interview with former Alaska governor and GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin, and two-time Academy Award-winner, Daniel Day-Lewis.
The seismic move is expected to be a big setback to local TV stations that lean on The Oprah Winfrey Show for high ratings, and for CBS Corp., which earns a percentage of a sizable chunk of licensing fees from syndicating TV stations.
Athough her show is ending, Oprah isn’t going to be kicking up her heels anytime soon. Winfrey will be focusing her attention on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a joint venture with Discovery Communications Inc., that is expected to debut in 2011. She is also expected to start up a new talk show on the network. –Caroline Acosta
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Update: Oprah cries while making her announcement