Speak Out: What is your reaction to Oprah announcing her final season?

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Oprah Winfrey has become an American icon. She’s the richest and most popular African-American in the world. So we asked Pittsburghers their reaction to her announcement that this would be her last season. Here’s what you said:

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“She has helped a lot of people over the years; women have become strong, families have healed, and people live by and respect what she says. I’d rather see another show like Maury or Jerry gone. ‘Mama O’ needs to stay on the air.”
Kimberly Melvin
Wilkinsburg
Drug and alcohol counselor

“I think it’s sad but I don’t know the reasons why she’s ending the show. I would’ve loved to see her stick around longer. She was very giving to entrepreneurs, artists and everyday people.”
Brandi Peele
Penn Hills
Student

“I’m surprised because she’s been doing it so long. She’s retiring so young. I’m sad to hear that her show will be over.”
Marlove Coleman
Hill District
Cleaner

“She’s ready to retire, to take on different challenges in life. It’s the second part of her life and now she can live it fully, travel, and give in other ways.”
Garret Moore
Wilkinsburg
Steelworker

“I’m sort of saddened to see that she’s leaving. I’ve found her show to be insightful and inspiring. She’s been motivational to young Black women and people in general. I remember when she first started. She showed so much compassion. She will be missed.”
Barbara Lee
Wilkinsburg
Retired

“I think she’ll be greatly missed. She’s very informative and entertaining and her show has touched millions.”
Shawna Chatman
Wilkinsburg
Homemaker

(Compiled by Erin Perry. Photos by Erin Perry.)

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