Oprah Moving Show to LA, Says Columnist

Discovery gave Oprah an ultimatum

By Andrew Greiner
|  Thursday, Nov 5, 2009  |  Updated 11:10 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
The World's Most Powerful Women

Getty Images

Could she really be leaving?

advertisement
Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

Say it ain't so, O.

Oprah Winfrey could be ditching her Chicago digs and taking her popular daytime talkfest out west to Los Angeles so that she can broadcast it on cable television, says TV gossip guru Nikki Finke.

Amid declining ratings and apparent pressure from her joint venture partner, Oprah has apparently decided not to renew her contract with ABC, which ends in Fall 2011.

Once the juice runs out, she plans to focus primarily on getting her long delayed Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) going strong.

Oprah's production company, Harpo Studios, denies that Oprah has finalized her plans.

"She has not made a decision yet," said a Harpo spokesperson. "As she has previously stated, she'll be making an announcement before the end of the year."

OWN is a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Winfrey, and Finke reports that Discovery Chief David Zaslav recently told the daytime diva that she needs to "move it or lose it," meaning she either migrates her talk show to the cable venture or the whole OWN ship goes down.

Over the last several years, Discovery's been through three executives and is said to have lost millions. Discovery recently posted a 25% decline in profit in the third quarter.

But the move to L.A. could be the final piece of the puzzle to make Discovery a success. After all, Oprah's show is the crown jewel of two networks.

CBS, which syndicates Oprah's show, is none too happy about the potential move.

"Les Moonves, Bob Iger, and Sony will flip out," an insider told Finke. "The only winner is David Zaslav."

Oprah leaving Chicago would be like the Pope leaving Vatican City, so the move would be no easy task. But rumor has it that the Big O is already sorting out who and what she's going to salvage from her West Loop located Harpo studios when she moves to Tinseltown.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Follow us on Instagram!
We post photos taken by our news... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out