Au Revoir Oprah


One of the benefits of this gig is, we can avoid direct contact with traumatic events like the emotional announcement by Oprah Winfrey that she is ending her show this season, and instead rely on reports from classy outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post, who have not that option. The Times informs us that Winfrey was “Tearful,” and that she said “Twenty-five years feels right in my bones, and it feels right in my spirit. It’s the perfect number, the exact right time.” Even they have their limits, though, and relied on Reuters to tell them that Winfrey’s “predominantly female audience gave her a standing ovation and then hugs when she stepped into the crowd”…

The Washington Post further informs us that Winfrey promises her final season is “going to knock your socks off,” which will makes life easier for those of us with lower back problems.

Winfrey will return to TV in 2011 with OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, “a 24-hour cable network that reflects her vision, values and interests.” Meanwhile her Oprah Productions is shopping a talk show starring Nate Berkus, an interior designer otherwise known as Dr. Oz. (Update: Now they tell us Dr. Oz is somebody else. Anyone got a digital converter box?)

We thank Oprah Winfrey for years of television magic, innovative hairstyles, her effect on national politics, the “aha moment,” and for revealing to the world the madness of Tom Cruise.