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Last episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' to air May 25

This file photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 and provided by Harpo Productions Inc., shows talk-show host Oprah Winfrey holding an 18-month-old koala named Elvis at the Hamilton Island Wildlife Park in Whitsundays, Australia. (Photo courtesy of Harpo Productions Inc.)

March 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The end is near for "The Oprah Winfrey Show." The final original episode will air May 25, it was confirmed Friday by Winfrey's Chicago-based Harpo Productions.

Winfrey announced live on the show in November 2009 that she would end its run after 25 years. She since has launched cable's Oprah Winfrey Network.

Winfrey tweeted Thursday she and her staff are now "hard at work planning the final shows." The show has been in reruns for the last few weeks, but Winfrey tweeted that new episodes would resume on April 7.

The final episode brings an end to what has been television's top-rated talk show for more than two decades. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs in 145 countries worldwide.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.