Oprah Winfrey returns to chat

2011-11-19 14:07

Los Angeles - Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is moving on to her next chapter, going out of the TV studio to meet and chat with celebrities on their own turf.

Less than a year after she ended The Oprah Winfrey Show in May after 25 years, Winfrey will launch Oprah's Next Chapter in January on her fledgling cable TV channel OWN.

The two-hour debut episode on January 1 will feature Winfrey talking with Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge Steven Tyler at his family home in New Hampshire.

Tyler, 63, will talk about his drug addiction, his love life and his new-found fame on American Idol, OWN said on Friday.

Tyler found new fans after signing up for the TV talent show with Jennifer Lopez last year, helping to boost audiences.

In future weeks, Oprah will go to Haiti with actor Senn Penn to look at recovery efforts from the 2010 earthquake, tour Skywalker Ranch with Star Wars creator George Lucas, and "celebrate the power of God and community" with televangelist Joel Osteen.

"After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs. I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever - moving around the country and the world talking to people I'm really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too," Winfrey said in a statement.

Winfrey, regarded as the most influential woman on television, launched the Oprah Winfrey Network in January 2011 with an uplifting menu of lifestyle, documentaries and advice programming.

After disappointing viewing figures, she took over as chief executive officer in July to refocus the channel's direction and put more of herself on screen.

Oprah's Next Chapter follows the launch in October of Oprah's Lifeclass in which Winfrey shared insights, life lessons and old clips from her 25-year run on US television.


  • goyougoodthing - 2011-11-19 14:20

    The devil is back

      Vusi - 2011-11-19 15:42

      Yawn..........Yawn Yawn. I am not surprised her viewer ratings are low. Surly the world has had enough now!!! ENOUGH!!! How long can a person spend glorifying yourself!

      henrileriche - 2011-11-20 09:26

      The god of money is just too irresistible to resist...

      Dirk - 2011-11-21 08:08

      The high priestess of the new age movement, with all the deceived hanging onto her lips

  • Shirley - 2011-11-19 15:18

    This move has a lot to do with her networks sagging ratings.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2011-11-19 15:19

    i see people like Pierce Morgan losing their jobs. i hope not though, i like the fella. Allthesame, i hoe we'll eventually see it in SA.

  • Col - 2011-11-19 16:06

    America loved her because they stood a chance of receiving from her generosity. She gave away houses, cars, tv's, playstations, holidays, etc etc. And thats all good ! But if she is no longer giving things away, then she is just one of many network operators. If she wants improve ratings, she needs to continue giving gifts. Thats the American way. As for the South African audience, well it seems we'll watch any cr@p on TV. Ratings are irrelevant to us.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-19 18:22

      Actually she never gave anything away, she got sponsors to do it. She is tighter than a ducks backside

  • Smell - 2011-11-19 23:14

    I predict the narcissistic, grandiose queen of frustrated, gullible housewives will eventually return to talk show TV. That "retirement" was probably just a ruse to see how far her fans would go to express their collective grief - and the wailing was cosmic. Yes, her fawning, nodding and teary-eyed fans will almost surely at some point recongregate in her New Age Temple disguised as a Talk Show studio. Ka ching!!!

  • cilla.webster1 - 2011-11-20 09:39

    Who cares? The frightening part is that she'll be back on our screens just because she owns a school in South Africa. Her programmes are dreadful.

  • Sean - 2011-11-20 11:58

    Enough now please!!! Please just leave us alone OPRAH!!!

      sean.redmond3 - 2011-11-21 12:12

      I think she is racist.

  • James - 2011-11-20 16:04

    She got her break due to her "Emotional of the cuff reporting" And she never stopped milking it. Frustrated,neurotic, Bon Bon eating, not very swift Women watched and wept. BTW 25% of US Women are on Psycho drug.

  • Julie - 2011-11-20 20:05

    I think she should retire now; enough is enough!

  • cachinivu - 2011-11-30 22:12


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