The massively successful Oprah Winfrey Show will come to an end on September 9th, 2011, according to a Winfrey spokesperson.
Winfrey is expected to give the announcement during today's live show.
2011 will mark the 25th year of Oprah's show, and she just feels it is her time to stop.
Oprah's show has been the number 1 ranked talk show for 23 consecutive seasons, an incredible number. Her show has set off the careers of Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and Suze Orman, and has been an important hub for the support of many big causes.
It will be interesting to see what show takes over Oprah's reigns as the top rated talk show. Middle-aged women everywhere will be scrambling to find a new show to watch. Perhaps Ellen DeGeneres' show will take over daytime talk.
One wonders if her big book club will continue, as she uses her show to highlight certain books that she reads for her club. One should also wonder what guests to her final show will receive as gifts. If you remember, she gave a car to every member in the audience several years back, and has made guest gift-giving an important part of the show.