Winfrey: Show will end in 2011 after 25 seasons

CHICAGO (AP) - Oprah Winfrey says her powerhouse daytime television show will end its run in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air.

Winfrey said Friday that her decision to end "The Oprah Winfrey Show" came "after much prayer and careful thought."

Winfrey held back tears as she talked to the studio audience. She thanked viewers who invited her into their living rooms over the years.

The 55-year-old Winfrey says that when the show started in 1986, she was nervous.

She says she never could have imagined the "yellow brick road of blessings" that led her to this moment.

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