According to the New York Times, media mogul, producer, actress and talkshow host queen Oprah Winfrey will end her talkshow on September 9, 2011… which is a blip in the media world timeline.
Other contenders have been rumored to want her crown, including recent guest, Ellen DeGeneres.
Pros: Miss Tyra is becoming a media mogul in her own right. Transforming her career from cheesecake modeling in Victoria’s Secret catalogs, Ms. Banks has expanded her empire with such shows as the hit CW series “America’s Next Top Model,” and her own talkshow, “The Tyra Banks Show.” She’s got the connections, the younger generation’s attention, and the humor and congeniality to attract top rate guests. Cons: She has to prove she’s got serious mettle to attract world leaders and other movers and shakers beyond entertainment.
Pros: Miss Whoopi has done an excellent job of replacing Rosie O’Donnell from “The View.” Ms. Goldberg came on as a co-host at a time when “The View” was faltering after Meredith Vieira’s and Star Jones’ abrupt departures from the show, and the remaining and new co-hosts were balkanizing into camps. “The View” made a few stumbles, and balanced out Whoopi with the frothy commentary of Sheri Shephard, but Whoopi’s thoughtful viewpoints and humor catapulted “The View” back into the daytime television big leagues. Cons: Miss Whoopi is very opinionated, and if she wants to grow into Oprah’s shoes, she’ll have be willing to bend for the sake of the viewers.
Ricki has proved her mettle with insightful, and sometimes, bawdy daytime talk show hosting skills. She’s appealing to younger viewers, and is approachable to older ones. Cons: She’s not big with older women, who make up the bulk of Miss Oprah’s audience and viewership.
Ms. King is a stalwart Oprah supporter and has learned much at the queen’s feet. Both she and queen Winfrey are bestfriends, and they know each other like a book. Gayle –an impeccable journalist in her own right– has taken on O Magazine, and pushed its readership past Martha Stewart. From her brief appearances on Oprah’s show, Gayle is likable, approachable, sophisticated, and knows how to probe for answers. She also knows what older, younger, and middle-aged women want from their news and entertainment. Cons: She’s Ms. Winfrey’s bestfriend. Viewers may unfairly expect her to carry the Winfrey mantle and refuse to accept new directions in a talkshow.
Maybe you’re the next talkshow queen…!