With the end of Oprah Winfrey’s legendary talk show quickly closing in, many are wondering who will fill the talk show queen’s shoes.
For 25 years Oprah has reigned supreme. She has singlehandedly made careers, turned obscure books into best sellers, helped small business owners become millionaires, and inspired a generation of women to live their best lives.
Over the past 25 years, Oprah not only became one of the most powerful people in media—with an award-winning talk show, magazine, and now, TV network under her belt—but she also has one of the most sought-after spots on daytime TV.
While Rosie O’Donald gears up to move into Oprah’s Harpo digs and host a show on OWN, many are wondering who can fill the talk show diva’s coveted network timeslot.
Currently, the media is buzzing about Matt Lauer and Katie Couric possibly getting back together to recapture their Today Show magic. After five rocky years anchoring the CBS Evening News, Couric is reportedly leaving and in discussions with network officials to host her own syndicated talk show this fall. And according to insiders, she and Lauer are giving some serious thought to teaming up again.
The New York Times reported, a Matt Lauer–Katie Couric talk show has been “’thrown around’ between the former hosts — and is under serious consideration.”
But can Lauer and Couric carry Oprah’s crown?
Some are hedging their bets on Oprah’s team—Rachel Ray, Dr. Oz, Nate Berkus, and Dr. Phill. While others are looking towards the upstarts—Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Ripa and Wendy Williams—to benefit from Oprah’s absence.
No matter who steps up to take her place, however, one thing is clear: Can’t nobody do it quite like Oprah.
What do you think, Clutchettes and Gents? Who do you think will step up in Oprah’s absence?