No surprise there. Oprah Winfrey will announce tomorrow that the Chicago-based talk show will end its run in 2011 after 25 seasons. It seems like yesterday that the talk show opened its 24th season — as it did in early September. More than 20,000 of her fans lined up alongside Michigan Avenue for the Chicago block party with the Black Eyed Peas.
She is the only African-American talk show host to make the Forbes billionaire list. She helped campaign Illinois senator Barack Obama for President of the United States last August. Obama then won the most electoral votes, thus becoming the first African-American (or black) man or woman to hold the office of Presidency. I won’t get into the details on how Oprah’s magic helped get Obama elected so please don’t ask.
What does the future hold for Oprah? And most importantly, what will become of Harpo Productions (“Harpo” is Oprah spelled backwards)? Perhaps she’ll give us hints on tomorrow’s show. Or maybe not.