OPRAH WINFREY will end her hit talk show in 2011, according to a leaked announcement.
Oprah will make the big news official during her show on Friday.
A statement from Tim Bennett, the president of Winfrey's production company Harpo, reads, "Oprah will announce live on The Oprah Winfrey Show that she has decided to end what is arguably one of the most popular, influential and enduring programs in television history.
"The sun will set on the Oprah show as its 25th season draws to a close on September 9, 2011."
Bennett's letter to TV network affiliates was leaked to US news show Access Hollywood.
The TV executive also writes, "Before she speaks to her loyal viewers, we wanted to share her decision first with you - our valued partners for more than two decades... Share this news this evening with your colleagues and viewers.
"Oprah's personal comments about this on tomorrow's live show will mark a historic television moment that we will all be talking about for years to come."
At the Toronto Film Festival in Canada in September, where Winfrey presented new film Precious, the talk show queen revealed a big announcement was coming about her show.
She said, "I haven't made a decision yet and I have until the end of the year."