From Black Voices — Oprah Winfrey is gearing up to leave her throne as daytime television’s biggest talk show host next year, but the multiple Emmy Award winning-media maven won’t be relinquishing her hosting duties anytime soon.
Winfrey previously announced that she plans to leave her celebrated show after 25 years to run her own cable television network, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which is a joint venture between Winfrey’s Harpo Inc. and cable programmer Discovery Communications Inc.
This week, she will announce on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ her plans to host a prime-time program called ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter.’ The hour-long show, set to debut Jan. 1,2011 will find Winfrey traveling around the world and taking some of her big-name celebrity friends with her to interview people across the globe.
Right now, it is unclear how many times the show will air weekly, but advertisers will get a detailed look at the network’s plans when Discovery does its up-front presentation on Thursday.
In addition to ‘Next Chapter,’ Oprah has reached out to some of her famous pals to participate in other shows on OWN.
Rap superstar Jay-Z has already been lined up to appear on a new show called ‘Master Class,’ which will feature people relaying their life stories on camera. The ‘Empire State of Mind’ MC, who took Winfrey and her show’s cameras back to his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., last year, says that Winfrey called him up and he did not hesitate to accept.
“I didn’t even think about it. I just said ‘Yes,'” the Grammy Award winning rap icon said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. (Continue Reading @ Black Voices)
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