Rumors that my hero, The Mighty O, aka Oprah Winfrey, might be leaving the airwaves when the current contract for her juggernaut, syndicated daytime talker The Oprah Winfrey Show expires in 2011 are thankfully as pre-ejaculatory as a teenage boy during his first time in the backseat of a Ford Fairlane.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, noise about Oprah abdicating her TV thrown, came from David Zaslav, the communications chief of The Discovery Channel's parent company, which is partnering with Oprah to form her own cable channel OWN. Zaslav reportedly said in a conference call about Discovery's impressive third quarter earnings that Oprah planned to end her show in 2011 in order to fully focus on OWN. Slow your roll Zaslav, slow your roll. Here's what Harpo spokersperson Lisa Halliday had to say:
While David Zaslav's comments are true that Oprah's current contract to produce The Oprah Winfrey Show will expire in 2011, she has not made a final decision as to whether she will continue her show in syndication beyond that."
Something tells me David better have his resume up to date.