After almost 25 years, Oprah Winfrey has announced that she will be ending her talk show on September 9, 2011. While fans react with shock, sadness, some with anger included, her fellow talk show hosts Martha Stewart and Ellen DeGeneres give their opinions of Oprah’s decision.
Martha Stewart said that Oprah isn’t retiring, but explained “She’ll do another show. She’s evolving. She’s fabulous.”
The 55-year-old Winfrey runs her talk show daily and reaches about 7 million viewers each day. According to reports, Oprah is preparing to start her own cable channel, but there will not be another ‘Oprah’ talk show when her own channel does pull through.
Winfrey’s best friend Gayle King dismissed any thought of risks involved with something new. She told People Magazine, “When you think about it, Oprah Winfrey has been No. 1 every single year since she started. This was definitely Oprah’s decision, and Oprah’s decision alone. I think that Oprah always makes the best decision for herself. I really do. And I have a feeling she will come up with some things to do. She has a very full life … We don’t need to worry about her filling her time, I promise you that! Life is good for her.”
Ellen DeGeneres announced Oprah’s decision on her show with her in-studio audience on Thursday. She said, “Hey listen, I’m going to tell you some news you’re going to hear as soon as you go out into the world, when you leave here. Right before I came out here, I got a call from Oprah and she told me that she is announcing that next year will be her last year. It will be her 25th year, and she feels like it’s time for her to stop.” DeGeneres then added, “I don’t think I could be here without her. I think she has blazed a trail … She is an amazing woman. She will always be the Queen of Daytime Television… and she also said she is leaving me all of her money. I was like, thanks Oprah, thank you.”
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