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ABC News: CHICAGO -- Eyewitness News has learned that Oprah will announce on Friday that she has decided to end her talk show.

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Oprah told her staff of her decision during a company meeting on Thursday afternoon. The president of Harpo Studios notified media partners later Thursday.

She is expected to make a public announcement on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Friday.

The sun will set on the Oprah show as its 25th season draws to a close on September 9, 2011.

Back in January of 2008, Oprah announced she was launching OWN -- The Oprah Winfrey Network.

It was widely expected that the TV talk queen would stop doing her syndicated program in September 2011 to focus on the cable network.

Winfrey started her broadcasting career in Nashville, Tenn., and Baltimore, Md., before relocating to Chicago to host WLS-TV's morning talk show "A.M. Chicago."

That show was renamed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and launched on September 8, 1986.

A year later, Winfrey established Harpo and her talk show went into syndication. In 1990, Winfrey opened Harpo Studios in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.

The president of Harpo, Inc. issued a statement to stations that carry the Oprah show about her announcement.

"As we all know, Oprah's personal comments about this on tomorrow's live show will mark an historic television moment that we will all be talking about for years to come," wrote Tim Bennett.

Oprah is seen every weekday at 4:00 on Channel 7.

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13 Years of Oprah's Book Club Picks

2009

Say You're One of Them, by Uwem Akpan

2008

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski
A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

2007

The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The Measure of a Man, by Sidney Poitier

2006

Night, by Elie Wiesel

2005

A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey
Light in August, by William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

2004

The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
, by Carson McCullers
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez

2003

Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

2002

Sula, by Toni Morrison
Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald

2001

A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry
The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen
Cane River
, by Lalita Tademy
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail, by Malika Oufkir
Icy Sparks, by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
We Were the Mulvaneys, by Joyce Carol Oates

2000

House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus III
Drowning Ruth, by Christina Schwarz
Open House, by Elizabeth Berg
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
While I Was Gone, by Sue Miller
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Back Roads, by Tawni O'Dell
Daughter of Fortune, by Isabel Allende
Gap Creek, by Robert Morgan

1999

A Map of the World, by Jane Hamilton
Vinegar Hill, by A. Manette Ansay
River, Cross My Heart, by Breena Clarke
Tara Road, by Maeve Binchy
Mother of Pearl, by Melinda Haynes
White Oleander, by Janet Fitch
The Pilot's Wife, by Anita Shreve
The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink
Jewel, by Bret Lott

1998

Where the Heart Is, by Billie Letts
Midwives, by Chris Bohjalian
What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, by Pearl Cleage
I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb
Breath, Eyes, Memory
, by Edwidge Danticat
Black and Blue, by Anna Quindlen
Here on Earth, by Alice Hoffman
Paradise, by Toni Morrison

1997

The Best Way to Play, by Bill Cosby
The Treasure Hunt, by Bill Cosby
The Meanest Thing to Say, by Bill Cosby
A Virtuous Woman, by Kaye Gibbons
Ellen Foster, by Kaye Gibbons
A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines
Songs in Ordinary Time, by Mary McGarry Morris
The Heart of a Woman, by Maya Angelou
The Rapture of Canaan, by Sheri Reynolds
Stones from the River, by Ursula Hegi
She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb

1996

The Book of Ruth, by Jane Hamilton
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
The Deep End of the Ocean, by Jacquelyn Mitchard

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous November 19, 2009, 7:30 PM

At least we got 2 years before she goes

chris November 20, 2009, 4:56 AM

She should of quit about 5 years ago. I haven’t watched her in a long time.


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