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Ellen DeGeneres on Ending Talk Show’s 19-Year Run, “Crying Every Day” and What’s Next

After 19 seasons and more than 3,200 episodes, Ellen DeGeneres is signing off. And though she pretaped her final week of shows in late April, the finality still hadn’t set in when she talked to The Hollywood Reporter a week before the series finale of The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs. In many ways, DeGeneres says she […]

Inside Ellen DeGeneres’ Final ‘Ellen’ Tapings: Oprah, Peter Roth and Plenty of Dancing

After 19 seasons, Ellen DeGeneres’ self-titled daytime talk show is coming to an end, with the final shows airing this week. The final Ellen shows were filmed nearly a month ago, though, and The Hollywood Reporter sat in on her third-to-last taping on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank on April 26. The episode […]

Upfront Dispatches: Zaslav and Oprah Bet on CNN, Lizzo Can’t Be Censored

Succession and Shark Week are together at last. Exactly 366 days after closing a blockbuster deal to marry Warner Bros. and Discovery, David Zaslav took the upfront stage Wednesday morning for the first time as CEO of the newly merged media behemoth. And he did not mince words. Referencing Rupert Murdoch’s 1980s power play to […]

Viola Davis Discusses “Shame” Around Hygiene in Childhood and the Teacher Who Made Her Feel Seen

Viola Davis celebrated a teacher who was the “face of compassion and empathy” in her youth, a time when the actress felt shame and was shamed by others due to her family’s lack of resources. During Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event, the Oscar winner opened up about the various difficulties she faced during […]

Colman Domingo on Waking Up to Phone Call From Oprah Winfrey

Good news sounds even better coming from Oprah Winfrey. In February, the icon made surprise video calls to several actors to let them know they’d been cast in the musical version of The Color Purple — including Danielle Brooks, who broke down in tears. Winfrey, who appeared in the 1985 film and is producing the […]

Fantasia Barrino to Star in ‘The Color Purple’ Movie Musical

Singer-songwriter Fantasia Barrino will make her feature film debut in The Color Purple movie musical. Barrino, who rose to fame on the third season of American Idol, is in final negotiations to play Celie, a role that she played on Broadway in 2007 and for which she earned rave reviews. Whoopi Goldberg played the role […]

Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Lin-Manuel Miranda Among Finalists for Audio Publisher Awards

Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Lin-Manuel Miranda are among the finalists for the 2022 Audie Awards, which recognize work in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Cynthia Erivo, Dave Grohl, John Lithgow, Jamie Foxx, Outlander star Sam Heughan and Ron, Clint and Bryce Dallas Howard also are among the nominees for the awards. Winners will be revealed […]

Gayle King Reveals How an Unexpected Airport Run-In Led to Oprah’s Famous “You Get a Car” Giveaway

Gayle King says The Oprah Winfrey Show’s famous car giveaway was pitched to her while she was at an airport. On Sept. 13, 2004, Oprah Winfrey gave each of her nearly 300 studio audience members a brand-new Pontiac G-6 sedan — a car, at the time, worth upwards of $30,000. Gifted as part of the […]

Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, ‘WILL’ Book Club Team With Oprah to Launch Reading Groups

Will and Jada-Pinkett Smith’s Family Foundation and the WILL Book Club are joining forces with the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation to encourage heartfelt conversations centered on the themes in Smith’s recent memoir. The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively announce that the WILL Book Club (WBC), an initiative of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF), […]

There’s Still Time to Get Oprah’s Favorite Things Delivered for Holiday Gifting

Treat yourself and loved ones to these top picks approved by the media mogul.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Getting Into the Investment Business

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continue to add to their lines of business. The latest move is a push into finance, with the pair joining the sustainability-focused investment firm Ethic as “impact partners.” “They’re deeply committed to helping address the defining issues of our time — such as climate, gender equity, health, racial justice, human […]

Gayle King Announces the Arrival of First Grandson: “I Am So Nuts About Him”

Gayle King revealed that her only daughter, Kirby Bumpus, has given birth to a baby boy on Monday’s broadcast of CBS Mornings. “Drum roll, please. I am officially a grandmother!” King shared. “Kirby and her husband Virgil Miller, please allow me to introduce to the world Luca Lynn Miller … Virgil lost his brother earlier […]