After 25 years no more Oprah

By admin
27 May 2011

In 1986 Ronald Reagan was president of the USA and Twilight hottie Robert Pattinson hadn’t been born.

In a TV studio in Chicago an audience of 26 people, lured more by free coffee and doughnuts than the topic of discussion – How to Marry the Right Person – waited for the new talk show to start.

Then the lights dimmed, cameras rolled and a woman with big hair announced, ‘‘I’m Oprah Winfrey. Welcome to the very first national Oprah Winfrey Show.’’

It was TV history in the making.

For 25 years Oprah has made viewers laugh and cry, leaving her global audience with a warm, fuzzy feeling. Her show has been aired in more than 140 countries and was watched weekly by about 46 million people in America alone.

But after more than 4 500 episodes she has pulled the plug on a showbiz phenomenon that made her one of the richest and most powerful people in the industry.

The final season of her show started airing in SA only in April so local fans will probably have to wait until October to see the grand finale.

What will Oprah addicts do without their daily dose of feel-goodness? A host of wannabes will no doubt try to fill the void – names such as Ellen DeGeneresTyra Banks and even SA’s Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu spring to mind.

But there’s nobody like 57-year-old Oprah who has inspire so many people, getting guests from all walks of life to open up and to make viewers believe anything is possible.

She’s now developing the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a 24-hour TV station that focuses on health, spirituality and wellbeing.

It launched in America at the beginning of the year but has failed to pull the expected audiences. In a recent interview Oprah acknowledged it would be an uphill slog to draw in viewers.

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