Oprah Winfrey to Host Christmas Special at the White House

The first family is having a holiday guest over to the White House: Oprah Winfrey. Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special, will air Sunday, Dec. 13, at 10/9c on ABC. The one-hour program will include Winfrey's first interview with President Barack Obama since he took office in January. She'll also have a sit-down with the president and first lady Michelle Obama. Winfrey and viewers will get a tour of the White House and a look at its holiday preparation. During the 2008 presidential election, Winfrey was vocal in her support for Obama and made a number of campaign stops to rally support for him. Will you tune in for Oprah's special? Source Here

No Plans for Oprah Winfrey's "Favorite Things" Episode This Season

Thanksgiving is a time for turkey, black Friday sales and - usually - The Oprah Winfrey Show's "Favorite Things" episode. But a week after Winfrey announced plans to end her talk show in 2011, a Harpo rep tells us that there are no plans to air the annual special this season. The change of plans, first reported by The Huffington Post, ends a tradition that began in 2002 and grew to become one of the talk show host's most memorable episodes each year. Usually sometime around Thanksgiving, Winfrey would dedicate an entire show to her favorite things and give every audience member the items on the list. Those in attendance have received treats ranging from Ralph Lauren sweaters and refrigerators to camcorders and notebook computers. Much like other products endorsed on The Oprah Winfrey Show, many items featured on the "Favorite Things" episode surged in popularity. There is no word on whether Winfrey plans to reprise the special for the final holiday season on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Will you miss her "Favorite Things" episode? Source Here

Oprah Winfrey: Ending Talk Show "Feels Right in My Bones"

Oprah Winfrey spoke directly to viewers about her reasons for ending The Oprah Winfrey Show at a live taping Friday. "After much prayer and months of careful thought, I have decided that next season, season 25, will be the last season of The Oprah Winfrey Show," the daytime queen said. "Over the next couple of days, you may hear a lot of speculation in the press about why I am making this decision now...and that will mostly be conjecture. "So why walk away and make next season the last? Here is the real reason: I love this show," Winfrey said. "This show has been my life. And I love it enough to know when it's time to say good-bye. Twenty-five years feels right in my bones, and it feels right in my spirit. It's the perfect number - the exact right time. So I hope that you will take this 18-month ride with me right through to the final show." Winfrey didn't specifically address in her remarks what her plans are after the show comes to an end, but a press release from Harpo Productions stated that she "plans to appear and participate in new programming for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a 24-hour cable network that reflects her vision, values and interests." The launch of that project has now been set for January 2011, according to the release. Winfrey thanked her viewers for sticking with her for almost a quarter of a century. "These years with you, our viewers, have enriched my life beyond all measure," she said. "And you all have graciously invited me into your living rooms, into your kitchens, and into your lives. And for some of you long time Oprah viewers, you have literally grown up with me we've grown together. "So I just wanted to say that whether you've been here with me from the beginning or you came on board last week, I want you all to know that my relationship with you is one that I hold very dear. And your trust in me, the sharing of your precious time every day with me has brought me the greatest joy I have ever known." Winfrey said she and her producers are going to use the holiday break to brainstorm ideas for the second half of this season as well as a final season that will "knock your socks off." "So, the countdown to the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show starts now and until that day in 2011 when it ends, I intend to soak up every meaningful, joy-filled moment with you," Winfrey said. Source Here

Official, 'Oprah Winfrey Show' Ends in 2011 - Featured

The sun will finally set on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" after 20 years influencing the world of television. On Thursday, November 19 afternoon, President of Harpo, Inc. Tim Bennett released an open letter that announced in advance about Oprah Winfrey's decision to end the Emmy-winning talk show. Bennett said that Oprah had informed her staff about the decision on Thursday and will announce it publicly live from Chicago on Friday. "As we all know, Oprah's personal comments about this on tomorrow's live show will mark an historic television moment that we will all be talking about for years to come," Bennett wrote. In her deliberation, the show will end on September 9, 2011 in what would be the 25th season. After that "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will not be moved to Oprah Winfrey Network, like many have reported. The studio Harpo, however, still has some projects on the line but they would not announce anything at the time of writing. Meanwhile, here's a preview of Friday episode where Ray Romano and "Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire" star Gabby Sidibe will show up. Source Here

Sarah Palin interview scores 'Oprah' highest rating in two years

Oprah Winfrey's exclusive interview with Sarah Palin on Nov. 16 gave the talk show queen her biggest audience in more than two years with a household overnight rating of 8.7 and 13 share. Those numbers exceeded Winfrey's 2007 sit-down with the entire Osmond family, as well as the two-part interview with Whitney Houston that kicked off this season, and last season's post-election episode. Source Here

Is Palin "Reloading" for 2012 Presidential Election?

Sarah Palin shrugged off talk of a 2012 presidential run in an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday, saying she's concentrating on the here and now. When Winfrey asked why Palin resigned as governor of Alaska, the former vice-presidential candidate quoted her father, saying, "She's not retreating; she's reloading." Reloading for what exactly? "I'm concentrating on 2010 and making sure that we have issues tackled as Americans, to make sure that we're on the right road," Palin told Oprah. When Winfrey pressed further, Palin acknowledged that she wasn't even thinking about running for president. "It's not on my radar screen right now," she said. "Clearer and clearer every day, what I'm seeing is you don't need a title to make a difference. Any ordinary American can seize opportunities to let their voice be heard, to speak up on an issue or for a candidate that they believe in, and they can make a difference." Source Here