This little French saying best describes saying goodbye to a TV show that has been around for the past 25 years. “See you later, Oprah”. We bid farewell to the Oprah Winfrey Show, as we know it, and look forward to the shows that will come out of the Oprah Winfrey Network.
I went to a viewing party yesterday at the Paley Center in New York, to share the experience with others, including my SA gal pal Lihle. As a journalist and a female broadcaster, Oprah has been an inspiration to push through ceilings but to stay true to oneself through it all. Interviewing her in South Africa, and being in the audience at her two motivational talks has meant I have been lucky enough to get closer to the legend than just watching her on TV.
And thanks to Oprah, Gratitude Journals, A-Ha Moments and goodie bags are now part of my vocabulary!
The show was simple – no celebs, no cars – just Oprah herself. Some may have wanted more, but really, what more could she have done, after giving away cars, houses, trips abroad, debt-cancellations, over the years? It still worked though – the show delivered its highest ratings in 17 years.