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    Exclamation Oprah calling it quits in 2011!

    It's official and confirmed. The most influential personality on television for over two decades will be wrapping up her talk show on Sept. 9, 2011, almost 25 years to the day that her hugely successful program began. While Oprah's business empire stretches everywhere these days (Harpo Productions, book club, magazine, online store, charitable foundations, etc.), all of it sprang from the popularity of her talk show.

    While not the equal of Phil Donahue (or even Barbara Walters) when it came to delivering interviews that were hard-hitting and revealing, there's no question that during the run of her show, she's had more success than anyone else in landing the biggest and most elusive celebrities onto her stage.

    Her show's days may be numbered, but at 55, I don't think Oprah's time in the media spotlight will end anytime soon.

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    Maybe she'll run for office --- against Lou Dobbs!

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    2011?
    Then, it's Oprah & Palin in 2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    2011?
    Then, it's Oprah & Palin in 2012.
    Hmmm.
    That's if the world doesn't end on 12/21/12....

    Interesting, 122112, almost like a binary code, but is it 011001 or 100110?
    And what's it all mean?

    (Beware spoiled potty-talk)
    "What's it all mean, Mr. Natural?"
    Mr. N: It don't mean SHIT!

    Oprah=Harpo Palin=Nilap? Harponilap?

    Never mind, I've been watching too many Ron Howard movies and reading too many Dan Brown Novels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    2011?
    Then, it's Oprah & Palin in 2012.
    Nah...I'd wager on Obama/Oprah, tho'. Well, not a veep spot for Oprah but some other political appointment by Obama should a 2nd term be in his future. Oprah doesn't have to work another day in her life. And, she's not the type to retire and do nuthin' (like I'd be happy doing!). It's going to be very interesting to see what path she follows...or leads...as the case may be!

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    Oprah is a wonderful woman, I admire and respect her. But I can understand why she thinks it's time to move on.

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    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    The Oprah Winfrey Network
    And it's replacing the Discovery Health Channel...one of my favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    I'll believe it when I see it.
    I think Oprah has too much respect for her audience to hype an 18 month farewell campaign on her syndicated talk show, only to climax into..... the same old talk show debuting on her new network. If she resurfaces as the host of another program in the future, I'm willing to bet that it will be something quite different from the Oprah Winfrey Show that has become an institution on daytime TV, if ever there was one.

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    Default She ain't going anywhere...

    It's two more years and then off to another channel.

    The only worthwhile thing she's done is help getting Obama elected.

    Thank you, Oprah, now go away.

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    Ouch, Ron. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa she started and built isn't worthwhile? The Angel Network isn't worthwhile? Her help and investment in the victims of Katrina isn't worthwhile? And on and on and on...

    If you don't like her show, that's fine. But "go away"...to someone who has given so much? Harsh...

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    She also became the most influential and powerful woman in the book business. One word from Oprah and tens of thousands of people read Steinbeck's East of Eden, many of them people who might not otherwise have read the classic novel. The literati had already read Toni Morrison's Beloved, probably the greatest American novel of the past twenty five years, but most of your people on the street hadn't. Oprah's calling attention to it was huge for a lot of people.

    So maybe it is you who should "go away."
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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    Ouch, Ron. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa she started and built isn't worthwhile? The Angel Network isn't worthwhile? Her help and investment in the victims of Katrina isn't worthwhile? And on and on and on...
    And with that post, you have made a convincing argument about someone who was more deserving than the President for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Not that she personally needs the prize money, of course. But the Nobel is one of those awards that are so internationally prestigious, it would have caught the attention of millions around the world who are not regularly exposed to her show. Any added publicity and recognition that can be given to Oprah's charities and causes beyond what her media machine can generate is only positive.

    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    She also became the most influential and powerful woman in the book business. One word from Oprah and tens of thousands of people read Steinbeck's East of Eden, many of them people who might not otherwise have read the classic novel.
    Yep, but as the James Frey fiasco shows, that ability to singlehandedly turn books into bestsellers can be a double-edged sword.

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    Undoubtedly. I love that James Frey brought her back to earth. Oprah's not Jesus. She's fallible, and as capable of being taken as the rest of us. Doesn't keep her from continuing to try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    The only worthwhile thing she's done is help getting Obama elected.
    You get a car, and you get a car....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    If she resurfaces as the host of another program in the future, I'm willing to bet that it will be something quite different from the Oprah Winfrey Show that has become an institution on daytime TV, if ever there was one.
    I'd throw my money in with FM's thought; I suspect she'll be back with something else. 25 years of the daily grind is quite long enough. Perhaps she'll do something weekly, something along the Barbara Walters path.

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    I remember her when she was our morning talk show host in Chicago on "AM Chicago". When I was a kid Charlie Rose hosted it, then soon after Rob Weller did it for several years.

    Around 1983-84 when I first saw Oprah I was not impressed and thought Weller was far more talented than her, he went on to do Entertainment Tonight and I thought he would do even more bigger and brighter things (he's since became a successful producer).

    So Oprah comes along and back then Phil Donahue ran that town, but Phil left for NYC so Oprah kind of took Chicago in her grasp and made it her town.

    Little did I know this person who I was initially not impressed with whatsoever would become a person that is known worldwide for just her first name, Oprah. And when you are known throughout the world with just your first name you are an icon.

    Oprah could have hung on for a few more years and surpassed Phil Donahue with the longest running syndicated talk show. Now Phil will probably hold that record forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    Little did I know this person who I was initially not impressed with whatsoever would become a person that is known worldwide for just her first name, Oprah. And when you are known throughout the world with just your first name you are an icon.
    Well, it sure helps when there are no other celebrities with the same first name.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    Oprah could have hung on for a few more years and surpassed Phil Donahue with the longest running syndicated talk show.
    The record for talkshow longevity was her's for the taking, if she wanted it. But the rumors were that continuing to host her syndicated show would have put her joint venture deal with Discovery Communications (her 50/50 partner in the Oprah Winfrey Network) in jeopardy.

    The rumor has merit. If Discovery is going to give Oprah a 50% stake in the new network, then they have every right to expect her to devote fulltime attention and energy into building up the success of this ambitious project, instead of having her work time divided between her syndicated talk show and her cable network.

    Besides, there's no getting around the fact that a syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show will end up competing for ratings against the Oprah Winfrey Network.

    It looks like Oprah has her eye on the bigger prize.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    Now Phil will probably hold that record forever.
    Oh, I wouldn't bet the house on that just yet. Live with Regis & Kathie Lee/Kelly has been on syndication for 21 years, and its still going strong. Another syndicated show within striking distance of the record is the Jerry Springer Show, which is now in its 18th year.

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    Oprah's ratings have declined from 12.6 million in 1991-92 to 6.2 million in 2008-2009. She dropped 7% in the ratings in the last two seasons. Regis & Kelly have dropped in similiar numbers and Jerry Springer and Maury have dropped in double digits too. I wonder if the talk show era is fading away as we know it.

    Regis is getting up there in age, he'll be 80 in two years. If he stays healthy and the ratings stay steady he *might* catch Phil.

    My favorite talk shows were Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Phil Donahue (who I admit was stale and boring in his final years).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    My favorite talk shows were Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Phil Donahue (who I admit was stale and boring in his final years).
    Do you differentiate between daytime and late-night talk shows? 'Cause my favorites were all after dark: David Letterman first. By a mile. Then Later with Bob Costas, Late Night with Conan, The Aresenio Hall Show (which I believe I would find unwatchable today), and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    Do you differentiate between daytime and late-night talk shows? 'Cause my favorites were all after dark: David Letterman first. By a mile. Then Later with Bob Costas, Late Night with Conan, The Aresenio Hall Show (which I believe I would find unwatchable today), and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
    I thought about this too. I don't know how you correctly differentiate the two other than stating one is daytime and one is late night. If we are going that way then Tom Snyder and Johnny Carson win hands down, Dick Cavett is in there too. I havent seen enough Joey Bishop Shows (Regis was his sidekick), but what little I have seen I liked.

    Back in the day I really enjoyed Arsenio, and agree I'm not sure if I would be enthralled with it in this era, of course we're all older and have matured since then too, I hope!

    Aj

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    If we are going that way then Tom Snyder and Johnny Carson win hands down, Dick Cavett is in there too.
    I'm with you there, but I am old enough to add some Jack Paar into the mix.

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    Steve Allen was my all time favorite. There are about 5 of us on HT who remember that name! So talented, that man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    Steve Allen was my all time favorite. There are about 5 of us on HT who remember that name! So talented, that man.
    We should move some of these dicussions to a talk show thread...

    I remember Steve quite well, the original Tonight Show host. Can you believe he, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson all died in recent years.

    I liked Paar too and remember he had a late night talk show that I think replaced Dick Cavett's show on ABC, it didnt last very long.

    is Steve Allen's widow still living, was it Jane or Audrey Meadows?

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    Back to Dick Cavett, he could have Cass Elliott or John Lennon on one show, the next day he could have Senator Inouye on the show, which he did discussing Watergate with other Senators at the time. He had some of the most eclectic guests on each show and I think that is what he liked to do bring people on with diverse backgrounds to create interesting dscussions and he was very successful doing just that.

    Aj

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