Ellen DeGeneres: Oprah Will "Always Be the Queen of Daytime TV"

Entertainment Nov. 20, 2009 AT 10:38AM
Ellen DeGeneres: Oprah Will "Always Be the Queen of Daytime TV" Credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com; Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

Ellen DeGeneres sure is going to miss Oprah.

As Winfrey is set to reveal her plans to leave her talk show in 2011 after 25 years, DeGeneres is praising her friend for paving the way for her own career.

"I don't think I could be here without her," DeGeneres, 51, told the audience of her talk show Thursday. "She will always be the Queen of daytime television. She deserves to rest. She has worked really, really hard."

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DeGeneres, who appeared on the Nov. 9 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and on the December cover of Winfrey's O magazine, joked that "Oprah also said she is leaving me all of her money."

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Late Thursday, Tim Bennett, the president of Winfrey's Harpo production company, announced that The Oprah Winfrey Show will go off the air. Though the 55-year-old daytime queen will launch the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) next year, she is not expected to relaunch her series on cable.

"[On Friday], Oprah will announce live on The Oprah Winfrey Show that she has decided to end what is arguably one of the most popular, influential and enduring programs in television history," Bennett said in a statement. "The sun will set on the Oprah show as its 25th season draws to a close on September 9, 2011."

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The Oprah Winfrey Show is currently the longest-running daytime television talk show in the United States, having run nationally since September 8, 1986.

The show was named one of the best television series of the 20th century in 1998 by Time magazine; TV Guide hailed it as one of the top 50 greatest American shows of all time in 2002.

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