The speculation over "The Oprah Winfrey Show" being axed from ABC in 2011 has been explained further by the show's production house. Harpo Production has responded toward Discovery Communications chief David Zaslav's statement which hints a possibility of the talk show move to Oprah Winfrey's new network, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).
Lisa Halliday, Harpo chief spokesperson, told Access Hollywood "While David Zaslav's comments are true that Oprah's current contract to produce 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' will expire in 2011, she has not made a final decision as to whether she will continue her show in syndication beyond that."
"Oprah" distributor, CBS Television Distribution, also gave a statement regarding this matter. Through their representative, CBS expresseded their wish of Winfrey's decision to extend her contract beyond 2010-11. The CBS's representative said, "We would certainly welcome and hope that 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' would continue in syndication beyond that, but that is a decision only Ms. Winfrey will be making."
The statements relate with the fact that Winfrey has not made any decision so far about the future of "Oprah" show. The truth is Winfrey's deal contract over the hit talk show with CBS Distribution will expire in 2011 after its 25th season on national TV.
"Oprah" show dismissal speculation has appeared after Zaslav's statement where he said that the show "opted to stay with ABC through September 2011, and the expectation is that after that, her show will go off of ABC in syndication and she will come to OWN." He said further, "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 together and it's a core mission for her."
In January, Oprah has launched OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, where she will serve as the chairman of the network and have full editorial control over the channel and its website. She shares 50/50 ownership with Discovery Networks.