9:15am PT by Kate Stanhope
CBS and Oprah Winfrey Team for Michelle Obama Interview Special
Oprah Winfrey and CBS are teaming up.
Winfrey will interview first lady Michelle Obama for her final one-on-one interview inside the White House for a CBS hourlong special.
Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House – An Oprah Winfrey Special will look back on Obama's eight years as first lady and life living in the White House, as well as her plans for the future and the legacy she leaves behind.
The special will be taped later this month at the first family's private residence and air Monday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Winfrey's OWN network will then air a second showing of the special on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 9 p.m. OWN Studios will produce the special, with Winfrey and Tara Montgomery serving as executive producers.
This marks Winfrey's first interview on network television since her syndicated daytime talker went off the air in 2011. In the years since, she has continued to generate headlines for her OWN sit-downs with public figures such as Lance Armstrong and the family of the late Whitney Houston several months after her February 2012 death. In recent years, Winfrey has made frequent appearances on CBS, particularly CBS This Morning, where longtime friend Gayle King serves as co-anchor.
The first lady also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show several times, including alongside her husband, President Barack Obama, in the show's final season. Winfrey famously endorsed the then-Senator during his run for the White House in 2007 and made several appearances on the campaign trail.
For OWN, the special caps off a banner year which saw the Discovery-owned cabler launch two new prestige scripted series with Greenleaf, on which Winfrey recurs, and Ava DuVernay's Queen Sugar. The former ranks as the network's most-watched season premiere.