The former “Queen of daytime TV,” Oprah Winfrey, 61, confessed to missing the small screen. In fact, the host misses it so much that she is allegedly in talks of signing a big $500 million contract to relaunch her famous talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which completed a successful 25 seasons in 2011.
An insider claims that ABC wants the host, but first they’d have to pay to buy out Winfrey’s network, OWN. Back in 2013, Oprah Winfrey admitted to Steve Harvey, on his show that she genuinely missed hosting before a live studio audience.
“I got a little choked up seeing you guys today,” Winfrey had said. She added feeling nostalgic for the “camaraderie with the audience” on a daily basis. “I did that for 25 years,” she reminisced.
While this may come as great news for Oprah Winfrey fans, Ellen DeGeneres is reportedly feeling threatened. The fellow TV personality is set to revamp her image along with her show and the first order of business apparently involves getting rid of the pre-show dance segment.
Radar Online reports that since its premiere in 2003, the show has been “looking tired.” DeGeneres’ team had supposedly been planning the change for a while now, in case top competitor, Oprah Winfrey, decided to make a comeback.
“She’s at the top of her game,” said a source. “And does not want to be caught napping at the wheel.”
Ironically, 57-year-old DeGeneres came out as a lesbian in an appearance on rival Winfrey’s show back in 1997. However, with DeGeneres’ show getting bumped by the Wendy Williams Show this year, it is understandable for the host to feel threatened by yet another female competitor.
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