Oprah Winfrey’s studio audience and the country held their breath on Friday as she made the official announcement on-air that she would be leaving her iconic daytime talk show in 2011.
“Twenty five years feels right in my bones and right in my spirit,” she told her audience, at times tearing up during the announcement. “It is the exact right time.” Winfrey also acknowledged her loyal fan base: “For some of you long time Oprah viewers you have literally grown up with me. You have your family and you raised your children and you left a spot for me in your morning and afternoon...that has brought me the greatest joy I have ever known.”
Before she went live, she shared the epic moment on Twitter. “Big Day....tune in my tweet friends,” Winfrey wrote.
The last show, slated for September 25, 2011, for The Oprah Winfrey Show will mark the end of its twenty-fifth season. In January she announced the launch of her own TV network- aptly named OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network- in conjunction with Discovery Communications.
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