Oprah Winfrey announces date for final show

Oprah Winfrey announces date for final show

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A photo released by Harpo Productions Inc. show talk-show host Oprah Winfrey and actor Tom Cruise at Cruise's home in Telluride, Colo., on Friday, April 25, 2008, where Winfrey taped a one-on-one interview with Cruise for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" airing on Friday, May 2, 2008. Then, on Monday, May 5, Cruise will join Winfrey at her Chicago studio to celebrate his 25 years in films since his breakout role in "Risky Business." (AP Photo/Harpo Productions, Inc.) ** NO SALES**

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Associated Press

Posted on March 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 5:15 AM

CHICAGO -- The final original episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will air May 25.

Winfrey’s Chicago-based Harpo Productions confirmed the date Friday. Winfrey announced live on the show in November 2009 that she would end its run after 25 years. She since has launched cable’s Oprah Winfrey Network.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" has been in reruns for the last few weeks. But Winfrey tweeted Thursday that she was "hard at work planning the final shows" and new episodes would begin April 7.

The final episode brings an end to what has been television’s top-rated talk show for more than two decades. It airs in 145 countries worldwide.

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