As Oprah Winfrey’s last show aired on Wednesday May 25, 2011, I have considered and given great perspective on Winfrey’s humanitarian efforts and legacy. Although her show will no longer be on the air, she will still receive media attention for the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. This network will have many different types of programs, and the most popular programs will probably be another daytime talk show hosted by Rosie O’Donnell, The Gayle King Show, and Why Not? with Shania Twain. Winfrey will also continue to be the chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions, Inc.
For the past 25 years, Winfrey has been enlightening her audience members, and encouraging individuals of all ages, races, income, and education level to become the best possible citizens. She is also known for sharing her love and joy for life onto others. I respect Oprah for spreading her strong sense of compassion, goodness, respect, and deep desire to eliminate ignorance and poverty.
Personally, I have not watched The Oprah Winfrey Show on a daily basis, but I do support and appreciate Winfrey’s humanitarian efforts. Known for supporting inner-city schools and creating many charitable projects, I also applaud her for creating a stronger sense of harmony, tranquility, and individual achievement within the United States and throughout the world. Unlike other talk show hosts who are only trying to create profits by igniting controversy, she seems genuinely interested in helping many individuals achieve self-fulfillment and autonomy.
Since I do not watcher Oprah’s show that often, I will probably find other ways to pass time in the afternoon. Occasionally, I may watch an episode or two of a show on her network online, but I will probably not buy access to watch her network on television. Out of all the programs that will be on the network, I am looking forward to watching Rosie O’Donnell’s new talk show as I was a passionate fan of The Rosie O’Donnell Show.
Since Oprah’s last show has finally aired, I believe that she had a great finale as it was sentimental, touching, and uplifting. The finale was also “bitter-sweet”. Bitter because Oprah will no longer have her show, but sweet because I felt that she summed up 25 years of excellent television with elegance and grace.
Winfrey’s philanthropic and humanitarian efforts will probably always be associated with her legacy. Winfrey has touched the hearts of many audience members and individuals throughout the world, and I wish her television network the very best of luck.
Gary Levin, “After Oprah, who will fill the void in daytime TV?” USA Today.
Mary McNamara, “Oprah: Oprah Winfrey’s daytime finale not entirely self-promotional”, Los Angeles Times.