The new year is just days away. And 2011 is still out of sight.
But the woman who is ranked among the world's most powerful women, celebrities and media personalities has announced that her iconic TV talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will be taken off the air come 2011.
The news spread like wildfire.
An emotional Oprah Winfrey said her show, currently syndicated in 145 countries, will end on its 25th season in 2011. The show was first broadcast in 1985.
Viewers were transfixed when she told them at the end of her live broadcast on Friday:
"I love this show. This show has been my life and I love it enough to know when it's time to say goodbye."
"Twenty five years feels right in my bones and it feels right in my spirit. It's the perfect number, the exact right time."
Winfrey, 55, was born into a life of poverty in Mississippi, but today, she is estimated to be worth US$2.7 billion, thanks to her talk show that transformed her in a cultural phenomenon.
She told her audience:
"These moments with you, our viewers, have enriched my life beyond measure...I certainly never could have imagined the yellow brick road of blessing that have led me to this moment with you."Out of her many achievements, Winfrey is also credited with breaking down barriers as both a woman and an African-American.
The Oprah Winfrey Empire
Her own production company was launched in 1988. Winfrey named it Harpo -- her name spelt backwards.
She never looked back, her rise to fame and celebrity status was beyond doubt. Forbes magazine declared her the first female African-American billionaire in 2003.
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" show became the foundation that saw her empire grow. It spans radio, books, magazines and the Internet.
Other TV celebrities, including popular counselor Dr Phil and chef Rachel Ray, saw their own careers launched, thanks to the Midas Touch of Oprah Winfrey.
The countdown to end the "Oprah Winfrey Show" starts now, according to the queen of daytime talk show. - Markk