The end of Oprah Winfrey’s nationally syndicated network talk show may be near, according to one television executive.
Discovery Communications, which is teaming up with Oprah for her new OWN cable network, expects the Queen of Talk to say goodbye to The Oprah Winfrey Show in September 2011, TV Week reported on Friday.
“The expectation is that after that, her show will go off of ABC in syndication and she will come to OWN,” Discovery CEO David Zaslav told reporters. “We’re talking now about what the presence will be and what kind of programming she would be involved in directly. But this is her Chapter 2, and building the OWN brand online and on air is… a core mission for her.”
A spokesperson for Oprah, on the other hand, says the star had not made any final decisions regarding the show’s future.
“While David Zaslav’s comments are true that Oprah’s current contract to produce ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ will expire in 2011, she has not made a final decision as to whether she will continue her show in syndication beyond that,” the rep says.