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Oprah Winfrey has a surprising new show

By Kirsty Sier February 1, 2017
Oprah Winfrey

Some left-of-centre TV news from one of the industry's biggest stars

For the past few decades, Oprah Winfrey has been synonymous with one show and one show only: The Oprah Winfrey Show, or as it's quite simply known, Oprah.

Now, however, television's most iconic presenter is set to join another show; almost as iconic but of another character entirely.

This week it was announced that the esteemed producer, actress and talk show host will be bringing her media chops to none other than the American version of 60 Minutes. Oprah will be making her first appearance as broadcaster on the CBS-produced Sunday night show later in the year.

Apparently 63-year-old Oprah has been a "big admirer" of 60 Minutes ever since she was but a young reporter.

"I'm so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling," she said.

"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."

This isn't the first time the television queen has appeared on CBS. She has previously featured on CBS This Morning, which is hosted by her best friend, Gayle King.

Although it's unclear at this stage what types of segments Winfrey will be contributing to on 60 Minutes, the network's executives seem thrilled to have her.

"Her body of work is extraordinary, including thousands of interviews with people from all walks of life," said executive producer Jeff Eager.

"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."

At the end of the day, no matter what show it is, more Oprah is always good news.