There had been speculation for sometime that the queen of daytime television was not going to continue her successful talk show, and Oprah Winfrey made that announcement this week on her show, vowing to end her show after the magic number 25-year in 2011.
The queen commands media attention as everyone tries to figure out what she will do after ending the Oprah Winfrey Show. The list is long on possibilities seeing that she is a business woman with interest in media holdings including show’s of Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray and Dr, Oz. She also has a radio show, a succesful magazine “O”, and is planning to launch a new television cable network under her brand as the OWN network a fifty percent partnership with The Discovery Network.
After twenty something years of daytime success with her show, she want’s to move on at what she considers the right time, saying ” it just feels right in my bones and in my soul.”
Most realize that this is just a new beginning and that Winfrey will still be around stronger than ever as she puts her midas touch on her new network venture, which was not mentioned during her announcement on her show Friday.
The networks are the ones ot watch as they look to fill the shoes of the most successful daytime talk show in history. Which many say just won’t happen. Sure someone will host a show and garner decent ratings, but will that someone become a media queen or king? Probably not. There are also the questions of does it have to be a male ot female, some say ot doesn’t matter, yet I disagree. Part of the magic of Oprah was her being a woman relating to other women just like her in some way. She is every woman on some level which made her easy to watch and listen to as a friend.
That magic is her personality and ability to give of herself even when it hurts. The ability to be truthful about herself and her thought on others. The most magical part of Oprah is her ability to be vulnerable one minute, and the next show strength in uniting a fight for a cause near and dear to her heart.
The magic is a sincere human quality of wanting to change the world by making it better every single day, that’s her ongoing drive because she cares deeply and without judgement as she has said and displayed by her ability to interview a king or a homeless person making each feel important for that one hour, that’s the magic and not something anyone can successfully achieve.
There will be many fighting for that daytime title, and another show will land in the time slot, but Oprah is a brand and it took all of those years to build that brand, so a newbie has to have that staying power to even come close to the numbers generated by Oprah.