Oprah is Leaving Chicago

Say goodbye to Harpo Studios.

Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Studios have called Chicago home for the past 26 years. That’s about to change. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah is shutting down Harpo and shifting all operations to OWN’s headquarters in LA.

This is obviously then end of an era — Oprah is synonymous with the windy city — but much more importantly, it’s the end of a lot of jobs. Crain’s Chicago reports that out of 200 Harpo staffers, only about 20 are going to be offered positions in LA. That’s terrible.

In a statement about leaving Chicago, Oprah said “I am so proud of what we created. It has been a blessing in my life and I thank everyone who has been a part of this great run.”

It’s a shame more of them won’t be allowed to continue that race.