This ought to make liberal TV viewers happy.
Oprah Winfrey is returning to television after a six-year absence following the last episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She will become a special contributor to “60 Minutes,” beginning in the Fall of 2017.
“CBS This Morning” made the formal announcement on Tuesday.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2017
“We are all very pleased to welcome her to the CBS family,” host Charlie Rose told viewers.
“There is only one Oprah Winfrey,” the news magazine’s executive producer Jeff Fager said on Tuesday. “She has achieved excellence in everything she has touched. Her body of work is extraordinary, including thousands of interviews with people from all walks of life. She is a remarkable and talented woman with a level of integrity that sets her apart and makes her a perfect fit for ‘60 Minutes.’ I am thrilled that she will be bringing her unique and powerful voice to our broadcast.”
— Jeff Fager (@JeffFager) January 31, 2017
Though she has not hosted a television show since ending hers after a 25 year-run, Winfrey has not been idle. She founded her own production company, Harpo Productions, which launched successful syndicated shows like “Dr. Phil,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” and “Rachael Ray,” and founded her own magazine, “O, The Oprah Magazine.”
Winfrey also owns Harpo Films and is chairman and CEO of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, which she founded in 2011 in partnership with Discovery Communications.
The 63 year-old media mogul and philanthropist, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in her failed 2016 presidential bid, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2013.
Winfrey, who began her career as a local news reporter, said she’s been a “big admirer” of “60 Minutes” since she was young.
“I’m so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling,” Winfrey said, according to CBS. “At a time when people are so divided, my intention is to bring relevant insight and perspective, to look at what separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.”
Reaction on Twitter was mixed, as many saw the move to bring Winfrey on the venerable CBS show as a liberal media antidote to support of President Donald Trump.
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