TV marks the end of the Oprah era

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TV marks the end of the Oprah era

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After 25 years Oprah Winfrey, America’s most famous day-time talk show host, has taped the final episode of her show.

Broadcast in around 150 countries, Oprah redefined the talk show genre and became one of the most influential people in the US as well as the wealthiest black woman in the world.

She told the the studio audience for the final show that the broadcast would be a simple, celebrity-free affair focused on what her audience has meant to her.

“You and this show have been the great love of my life,” a tearful Winfrey told viewers in “The Oprah Winfrey Finale,” taped before an audience of 400 people.

Winfrey, 57, was a pioneer in confessional television, promoting discussion of formerly taboo subjects including incest, rape, sexual abuse and depression.

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” also became the place for celebrities and politicians to promote new ventures and to apologise publicly for their indiscretions.

The Oprah Book Club, started 15 years ago, championed 65 titles and has almost two million members.

Winfrey announced in November 2009 that she would end the show after 25 years in order to to focus on her cable channel.