I have watched Oprah since I was a child. Even then, I had a desire to learn why people did the things they did and how I could be better at what I did. When I grew into adulthood, Oprah’s shows took on a whole new meaning for me. When my first daughter was born, I’d watch everyday at 4pm. Back then, I had a VCR and would tape the episodes that I couldn’t catch live. Thank God for DVR. Now, I try to scan the week’s worth of shows and tape the important ones since I very rarely get the time to watch them at their regular time. Honestly, I can barely fathom not having Oprah on at 4pm weekdays. I know it’s coming. I know she has a network but it won’t be the same. She will not be hosting her show on her network; the show as we know it will be over for good.
I’m not gonna lie, I will mourn her absence.
Here are 10 reasons why:
1. Harold Camping be damned, losing O in the 4 o’clock hour is more a sign to me that world is ending than anything else.
2. She has the unique ability as an interviewer to always manages to bring out the humanity in a story while also enabling viewers to understand a bevy of situations that illustrate the human condition.
3. In our self-obsessed, vanity-laden society and despite her weight struggles, she never let them hold her back in her career. She is the antithesis of all the women out there battling extra pounds that think they can’t do something until they lose weight.
4. That book that I’m writing will have no chance of making it to Oprah’s book club.
5. When the next piece of breaking news comes out occurs that affects our world, we won’t get the full story on Oprah about how it affected the people involved, what it means to us as a whole, and how it changed the world. We’ll merely get tainted, dumbed-down and impersonal half-stories on the nightly news.
6. I will no longer be able to say to a friend, “Hey, did you see on Oprah yesterday……?”
7. Two words: Maya Angelou. I first discovered her from watching the Oprah Winfrey Show. I went out and bought her poetry books and my life was instantly changed. Maya words are a gift of beauty and there are luckily right here on my shelf anytime I need them.
8. Some horrible situations may multiply in silence. Just look at what Oprah’s show with Tyler Perry where he talked about his childhood sexual abuse did for boys and men, and the women who love them. It helped other men come out to their loved ones and reveal their own abuse.
9. The book club has brought many stories of women, families, and hope into my life, books I might have never heard of before.
10. No matter how corny it sounds, watching Oprah makes me want to be a better version of myself. Period. (But so does her magazine, so I’m placing a lifelong plan on my subscription.)
I’ve never been able to see as many shows as I wanted to do with three kids, a job, two dogs and a husband, but I always knew it was there. If I missed it, I might be able to catch the rerun that ran later that night. If I missed both, I could always catch it in the summer reruns. Watching Oprah is like my grandmother’s potato salad: it gives me a wonderful memory that is always good and also a comforting feeling. I’ve been enlightened by Oprah, moved to the core, taught life lessons, and given the chance to learn about countless people around the world that I otherwise would have not known. So, yes there will be a definite loss when her show no longer airs. And you can bet, I’ll be tuning into OWN.
What will you miss most about the Oprah Winfrey Show?