Oprah Brings Talk Show Veterans Together: Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue, & More


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Oprah Invites TV Talk Show Titans To The Show

Oprah Winfrey is closing the curtains on her talk show after this season, its 25th. And she decided to invite former talk show hosts onto her couch who have paved the way before her.

Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue, Sally Jesse Raphael, Geraldo Rivera, and Montel Williams all visited the show today (Nov. 10).

The Winfrey P.R. machine called it “a talk show host reunion for the record books!”

Raphael, who hosted a popular talk show for 19 years before calling it quits, said that at first “It was two weeks of great, ‘I don’t have to get up!’ And then it was seven years of, why doesn’t anybody call me?” But now she’s “doing a show about a talk show host who is asked to leave the air and what happens to her after that.”

According to, the show will be called “I’m Still Sally,” a half-hour, partially scripted “mockusoap” that follows her attempts to land a new TV gig.

All of the talk show hosts discussed their feelings on leaving the airwaves. My only question is – where was Maury Povich? Who do you think was missing from this line-up?