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Oprah will be ending her popularly syndicated talk show in 2011, at the end of her 25th season. Unless she doesn’t. It all depends on who you talk to. David Zaslav, Discovery Communication’s president and CEO, the business partner work with Oprah on her soon-to-launch Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), said, “The expectation is that after [the 2010-11 season] her show will go off of … syndication, and she will come to OWN…We’re talking now about what that presence would be and what programming she would be involved in directly. But this is her Chapter Two, and building the OWN brand online and on-air is something that she and I, we’re working [on] together and it’s a core mission for her.” This makes sense: after all, her ratings are down and 2011 will be the conclusion of her 25th season of being nationally televised, not to mention the last year on her current contract. And it’s not like there’s a lack of things to keep her busy.

But some say the end might not be that soon.

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