Oprah Winfrey May End Her TV Show
Feb. 09, 1999
LONDON (AP) _ Oprah Winfrey is fed up with the sleaze on daytime television _ especially rival Jerry Springer's show _ and is ready to bail out of her long-running show.
``I am all talked out,'' Winfrey told The Sunday Times. ``My contract has two years left, then I am getting out of such shows because I feel they are going to burn themselves out.''
Winfrey has been a ratings success since launching ``The Oprah Winfrey Show'' in September 1986. Despite its 32 Daytime Emmys, it recently has been challenged in the ratings by ``The Jerry Springer Show.''
While in London to promote her new film, ``Beloved,'' she told the newspaper it was depressing to return to television after her stint on the movie set.
``Coming off that wonderful film to be just interviewing more dysfunctional people was a letdown,'' she said.
Another reason for her disgust, she said, is Springer, calling his show a ``vulgarity circus.''
``Unless you are going to kill people on the air, and not just hit them on the head with chairs, and unless you are going to have sexual intercourse _ and not just, as I saw the other day, a guy pulling down his pants and pulling out his penis _ then there comes a point when you have oversaturated yourself,'' Winfrey was quoted as telling the Times.
Winfrey was unavailable for comment today because she is taping her show in the Bahamas this week, said Jerilyn Schultz, a publicist in Chicago.
Schultz said she could not comment beyond a statement issued Monday, which said no announcements were planned on whether Winfrey would continue the show after the end of her current contract.