Winfrey "energised" by talkshow's end
Published Feb 24 2011, 18:05 GMT | By Justin Harp Oprah Winfrey
has explained that she feels "energised" as she approaches the end of her long-running talkshow's final season.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter
, the star explained that she relishes the opportunity to focus on her new Oprah Winfrey Network and other projects.
"I'm feeling terrific about it," she said. "I'm feeling energised. Better than I ever have."
Winfrey continued: "When we end a season, we usually feel like we got hit by a truck. I've kept a diary all my life. I looked back at all my diaries. A good year is if you don't feel like you've been hit by a truck at the end of the season."
The presenter went on to insist that walking away from The Oprah Winfrey Show
makes sense after more than 25 years on the air.
She explained: "I'm so happy I didn't stay in the wing until I was punch drunk and people had to drag me out with my microphone and say, 'Enough already'… I always thought I would take my cues from the viewers.
"I took the cue from the landscape of television. It got harder and harder and harder to raise the bar every day. What we're doing is prime-time television done in the daytime. The amount of money spent, editors… everything it takes to do this show… it got harder to raise the bar."
Winfrey has won ten Daytime Emmy trophies and was the recipient of the Primetime Emmys' 'Bob Hope Humanitarian Award' in 2002.The Oprah Winfrey Show
wraps up filming on its final season in May.