Oprah to Leave Daytime TV?

Word on the street is that Oprah Winfrey may soon be packing up her things to move to a new network -- her OWN network (pun fully intended!).

The Los Angeles Times reports that the queen of daytime TV is ramping up plans to launch her long-in-the-making Oprah Winfrey Network, and that in doing so, she may be leaving her longtime domain of afternoon talk.

The buzz about Oprah possibly ship-jumping from ABC to her new network was triggered by news that OWN had hired away Oprah Winfrey Show co-executive producer, Lisa Erspamer, to head up its creative division. Sources say that Erspamer is "someone who really gets Oprah and connects with her on a soulful, creative level," leading them to believe she'd have a strong influence on Oprah's decision of whether or not to stay with ABC after the show's 25th season ends in May of 2011.

In a statement about Erspamer's new job at OWN, Winfrey said, "Lisa has been a creative superstar. She's brought fire and force to many of the incredible shows we've done over the years. I value her passion and sensibilities and trust her instincts and judgment. I know she'll be a great fit with the OWN team."

It's clear that Oprah is excited about her new project, but will she go so far as to kill off the Oprah Winfrey Show as we know it?

Would you be sad if Oprah quit her show? Chime in below!

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