It's all the buzz. Oprah's final show tomorrow after 25 years on the air, and I can't wait until it's all over.
First, I need to say that when Oprah arrived on the national TV scene in 1986, I loved her. She was so refreshingly different from all the rest.
I never really had the desire to watch Phil Donahue or Sally Jesse Raphael, but when Oprah came on, she immediately drew you into the show. You felt an instant closeness to her. Probably because she was so REAL.
No airs about her at all. She said what all of us really felt. She was just as star-struck as all of us when she met famous people. She had some bad hair and clothes days, like we all experience. And she even struggled with her weight. How more real can you get?
Over the years, I watched her fit into her Calvin Klein jeans (I was so proud of her). I enjoyed watching her take on the beef industry in Texas, and open a school for girls in South Africa. But my opinion started to change with the "Everybody Gets A Car Show". It was done on the first day of a television ratings month. I thought... this seems more like a ratings ploy than a generous gesture toward viewers.
That show was followed by more shows that appeared to be more about good PR for Oprah than anything else. Then, she began to pontificate about the public good she was doing and how she is much more than a talk show host. She is, but the lack of humility was starting to bug me.
Oprah, no doubt, is a huge television figure whose impact is unsurpassed. I still subscribe to "O Magazine" because it features inspirational stories from many different sources. I even enjoyed reading Kitty Kelley's unauthorized biography, "Oprah". But I am growing tired of the TV Oprah and say it's time for her to move on.