By Brittany Filippini |Staff Writer|
Powerhouse entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey, who has touched and influenced many lives with her daytime talk show, will air her last episode on May 25.
Winfrey’s talk show has been on the air for the past 25 years and sadly, for many faithful viewers and followers of the mogul, will come to a close in the following week.
“A lot of people are inspired by Oprah. I am one of those people. She has balls and a wealth of compassion, and I have learned so much from her,” said Madonna according to People magazine about Oprah Winfrey’s departure from daytime television.
Madonna was not the only celebrity who commented and showed their gratitude for Winfrey.
On May 17, a plethora of celebrities gathered together on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to say farewell to the talk show host and share their gratitude and love for her. The celebrities in attendance include Beyoncé, Madonna, Halle Berry and Tom Cruise.
According to People magazine, Tom Hanks acted as the master of ceremonies and shared with Winfrey that “you are surrounded by nothing but love.” Winfrey has been an influential figure to women for over the past two decades and her shoes will be hard to fill.
According to the Los Angeles Times, director of programming for Katz Media, Bill Carroll said, “It’s going to be very difficult, if not impossible, for someone to be as dominant as Oprah has been.”
Now with daytime television having an open slot other TV personalities such as Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper are already considering the opportunity to showcase more of their talents.
“I’m a more multi-dimensional person than a news environment will allow,” said Cooper. He goes on to say, “There is a lot of opportunity to do a program that has variety; something that can cover a huge range of topics and become a place to tell interesting and intriguing stories.
Couric commented last month on the “Today Show” saying “It might be nice for me to have a little more wiggle room to show my personality.”
With the cancelling of two ABC daytime soap operas and with two of its big morning and daytime personalities Oprah Winfrey and Regis Philbin leaving the network, ABC will have a major gap in what made its programming successful over the years.
Philbin has been on his morning show “Live With Regis and Kelly” for 28 years and will end his reign sometime this year. USA Today reported Philbin saying, “There is a time that everything must come to an end.”