At the top of this season of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah announced that she has decided to make the 25thseason of airing the last. Why? In her own words, “I love it [the show] enough to know when it is time to say goodbye.”
The question is: who takes over from Oprah?
Yes, Oprah has left our TV time slots full of her protégés including Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and now Nate Berkus will premiere his design show in the fall of 2010. Let us not forget the Gayle King TV talk show which couldn’t hold the ratings and folded. Also, the Oprah arsenal of products, including O magazine and her talk-radio shows are bound to keep us regular folk in her life, aren’t they? Oprah says, “…my relationship with you [the viewer] is one I hold dear.”
Being pragmatic, there is no show exactly like The Oprah Winfrey Show on TV right now, nor is there someone that has been raised up through the ranks to ‘take over’ when she finishes. Is this leaving a legacy or being irresponsible in a business sense?
I tend to think that if Jesus were alive in 2010 He would have made one good businessman. He thought about leaving behind a teaching model that would not only have to imitate His works, but exceed and multiply them across the nations. He did this through Peter and Paul and many others, raising up leaders to be servants and to spread the good news.
When Jesus ascended, I like to believe He was fully confident in doing all He could do here on Earth. Oprah gives her viewers a similar sentiment upon leaving her TV talk show. The difference is what comes next.