PHOTO: Iconic Talk Show Hosts Hail Queen Oprah
Geraldo Rivera, Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael and Montel Williams toast Winfrey
All hail the Queen!
Giving credit where credit is due, iconic talk show hosts Geraldo Rivera, Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael and Montel Williams join Oprah Winfrey for an episode of her show’s final season.
The hosts, whose programs were part of the talk-show craze popularized by Winfrey in the ’80s, will appear on Wednesday’s The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss their experiences in daytime television.
Donahue’s show, which ran for 29 years (and for 26 of those in syndication), remains the longest continuously running talk show in American TV history. Modeled after Donahue, Winfrey’s show, which is in its 25th year, is a close second but takes the title of the highest-rated talk show.
The Oprah Winfrey Show will end in September 2011, months after the planned launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Jan. 1.