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Oprah Shutting Down Chicago's Harpo Studios

Production being shifted to West Coast

(Newser) - Chicago is losing a big piece of its broadcasting history—and around 200 jobs—with the closure of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios. Winfrey came to Chicago yesterday to tell staff in person that production work for Oprah Winfrey Network shows like Super Soul Sunday and Oprah's Master Class ... More »

Inside One of Oprah's 'Lifeclasses'

Eliot Glazer offers a very amusing rundown

(Newser) - If you aren't quite sure what to do with yourself now that the Oprah Winfrey Show is off the air, never fear: The talk show queen is doing a tour of "Lifeclasses," which Eliot Glazer describes as "trademarked, watered-down" versions of her old show in which... More »

Oprah's New Talk Show Notches Lackluster Debut

1.1M tune in, but Winfrey will likely need to boost that audience

(Newser) - Oprah's new talk show debuted Sunday night, and just 1.1 million people watched. That may sound like a lot at first—and, in fact, it is the second largest audience for any show on the struggling Oprah Winfrey Network—but not when you consider Winfrey averaged 6.5... More »

Video: Oprah Says Farewell

She signs off her daily talk show for the final time

(Newser) - It's a wrap. The final Oprah Winfrey show aired today, sans guests . Her final words: “I won’t say goodbye. I’ll just say: ‘Until we meet again.’ To God be the glory.” Stedman got the first hug. Check out the video or relive the... More »

Oprah’s 9 Craziest Giveaways

Cars, clothes ... herb rub?

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey is famous for giving gifts to her audience, and those gifts have ranged from the extravagant (diamonds, cars) to the just plain bizarre (glitter Uggs?!). Slate lists her nine most memorable gifts:
  • Spanx, 2000: The slimming undergarments might seem ubiquitous now, but they were new and still
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Oprah's Final Guest: Oprah

The stage belongs to talk show queen on final show

(Newser) - After all the guessing, rumors, and speculation about who might appear on Oprah Winfrey’s final show, the answer turned out to be quite simple: Oprah herself. The talk show queen was the only person to take the stage during yesterday’s taping of her last episode, which airs today,... More »

25 Years Later, We Still Need Oprah

She's an antidote to our cynical world: Mary Elizabeth Williams

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey’s TV tenure can be summed up in a single word: “miraculous,” writes Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon . “Winfrey's entire empire is built on the idea that miracles—not just good fortune or persistence or community but honest-to-God miracles—are within our reach every... More »

Guy Fakes Robbery to Score Oprah Tickets

He admits to cops he didn't want wife to be mad at him

(Newser) - Tickets to Oprah’s farewell spectacular were pretty hard to come by—so one Canadian man beat himself up in an attempt to score some. Robert Spearing, 44, told police that two men beat him up and stole his tickets to Tuesday’s show. But he later admitted that he’... More »

Oprah Ticket Frees Woman From Blagojevich Jury

Pass to show taping is 'effing golden': Blago

(Newser) - Civic duty or Oprah? It was a pressing question in Rod Blagovejich’s retrial, after a prospective juror used her ticket to an Oprah taping as an excuse to avoid being seated. Lawyers from both sides agreed to let her slide. To be fair, it’s a pass to one... More »

Obama Returning to Oprah

First couple to appear on one of host's final shows

(Newser) - President and Michelle Obama have been lined up to appear on one of the final episodes of the Oprah Winfrey Show. The Obamas—who last made a joint appearance on Oprah in 2006—will tape an episode of the chat show later this month, and the show will be aired... More »

Last Season, Big Secret: How Convenient for Oprah

Lisa de Moraes questions Winfrey's timing, motives

(Newser) - It’s her show’s final season, she’s just back from Australia, and suddenly she’s got a big surprise: Oprah has a long-lost half-sister! What a fortunate coincidence for the queen of talk, writes Lisa de Moraes in the Washington Post . This despite the fact that Oprah met... More »

Hiker to Ahmadinejad: Let's Talk

Sarah Shourd wants to meet with Iranian president

(Newser) - New York politicians and, er, hotel guests may not be too happy with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ’s visit, but there’s one person who’s happy he’s in town: Sarah Shourd . The hiker, just released after being held in Iran for more than 13 months, gives her first interview... More »

Oprah Donates $1M to Schools

Talk show queen is going out with a bang on show's last year

(Newser) - Will Oprah Winfrey ’s good deeds never cease? The talk show queen donated $1 million to a California nonprofit that runs 30 charter schools in the state, the AP reports. Winfrey’s Angel Foundation donated the money to Aspire Public Schools during her show yesterday, which was devoted to... More »

Oprah's Trip to Cost Aussie Taxpayers $2.8M

Tourism boost will be worth it, ministers say

(Newser) - Oprah's bringing her audience to Australia —and the Aussie taxpayers will be footing a chokable chunk of the bill. The Australian government is contributing some $2.8 million toward the cost of bringing the Oprah Winfrey Show to the country later this year. Officials say the price is a... More »

Oprah: You're All Going to Australia!

This may just top her car giveaway

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey is famous for her giveaways (watch her entire audience go nuts after receiving cars here ), but this may put them all to shame. Winfrey premiered the 25th and final season of her show today, and gave everyone in the audience ... a trip to Australia. Watch the 300... More »

Octomom to Oprah: I Feel Guilty Every Day

She rules out reality shows and porn

(Newser) - Octomom felt the need to bare her soul, so where else to go but Oprah's show? What we learned, as recapped in CNN and USA Today :
  • Name: It's Nadya Suleman, thank you very much. "Octomom" makes her feel like a "carnival attraction."
  • What she won't do: Porn,
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Oprah Ditches Daytime for New Evening Show

Winfrey promises to take viewers 'around the world'

(Newser) - The Queen of daytime television is planning an evening show. Oprah Winfrey will announce today her plan to launch a new show called Oprah's Next Chapter on her cable network. The hour-long series, to debut next year, will take Oprah out of the studio and around the world. "I'm... More »

How Roger Ebert Got His Voice Back

Film critic debuts new program on Oprah Winfrey Show

(Newser) - After four years, Roger Ebert is finally getting his voice back—and he debuted it yesterday during his appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in a touching segment. The program that simulates his voice was created by a Scottish company that used Ebert’s DVD commentaries to re-create his speech,... More »

John Mayer: Still 'Vulgar,' 'Slimy'

Despite apologies, singer acts like 'a sleaze,' say sources

(Newser) - John Mayer continues his apology tour, promising at his recent New York shows to be “clean” from now on—then apparently went right out acting “vulgar.” Mayer was “drinking and saying vulgar things to the girls at the bar,” a source tells the Daily News... More »

Dear Mr. Ebert, Sorry I Was Such a Tool

Longtime admirer Will Leitch comes clean about insulting his hero

(Newser) - As a University of Illinois undergrad, Will Leitch lived the dream: He befriended his hero, Roger Ebert. "I wanted to be him, desperately," Leitch writes. "He was the reason I did anything." They fell out of touch, and the protégé later found himself in New... More »

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