Oprah Tearfully Announces Farewell, Promotes Self

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As we reported last night, Oprah will end her reign as the most successful person ever to host a show on TV in 2011. Today, she made the announcement official.

Just because she's stepping aside doesn't mean she's forgotten about sweeps, of course. She saved her big, breaking, shocking news for the end of the show.

While she called rumors for departure "conjecture," her new cable channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), also happens to be launching in 2011. Hmm.

But in revealing the "real" reason she's walking away after 25 years, Oprah started strong, then began to cry, then regained her composure, saying it "feels right."

Also feeling so right? Shameless promotion for her next season. Holla!

Oprah Winfrey says ending her talk show feels good in her bones. An estimated net worth of over $2 billion has to feel pretty good in her bank account, as well.

Fighting back tears, O said, "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 my spirit. It's the perfect number, the exact right time."

And then there was this line:

"For some long time Oprah viewers, you have literally grown up with me ... we've grown together ... you had your family and your children ... you left a spot for me in your morning or afternoon - depending on when the Oprah show airs in your town."

Wow. What an emotional, corporate farewell.

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You are very special to me and I will miss you.I'm 69years old and i always wanted to be on your show but i have worked 2 jobs most of my life so that was hard to do.My job in the day time is at school with special needs kids and in the evening I work home health care with a special needs girl and we have been lucky enough to be able to watch you in that time.You have always touched my heartYou have healped so many people in need.God has blessed us all just to have been able to have someone like you in our lives.Even if it is on tv.God bless you you have been a blessing to all of us. Beverly Miller

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OPRAH YOU ARE GREAT DO YOU

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This oprah may appear to be self-depricating and humble, but shes anything but.

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Wow. This is going to be weird, no Oprah. I guess it's all Ellen now (:

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I sure won't miss her screaming. She sounds like a spoiled brat begging to be the center of attention. Oprah used to be a more normal person. As time went on, she turned into an egotistical name dropper. She also started her magazine saying she wouldn't be on every single cover, yet there she is. It's been a very long time since I've watched her show, but from the clips I've seen here and there, I'm not missing anything. It's really time for a normal, intelligent talk show. Not a panel of lunatics (The View), not ha-ha-aren't-I-funny celebrities (Ellen), not egomaniac doctors (Dr Phil, The Doctors). How about taking a page from the great old-time variety/talk shows and upgrading them to current standards? NO, let me change that -- upgrade them to BETTER than current standards. We really need something new!

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