Oprah Ends Show at ‘Exact Right Time’

By Andrew Gauthier 

Chicago Sun-Times

Oprah Winfrey ended this morning’s show by telling her loyal audience in her own words that the wildly successful “Oprah Winfrey Show” will end 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 acknowledged her loyal fan base, saying “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.”

This “has brought me the greatest joy I have ever known,” she said.

Harpo, Inc. released a statement Thursday that Winfrey would discuss with her audience her decision to end the talk show Friday.

Winfrey’s announcement capped a week of shows — including her highest rated show since 2007 — that were highly typical of the diverse, lady-centered themes that have made the show a success. More…

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