Today, with no syndicated show to call her own and a flailing cable network mired in red ink, the Queen no longer sits atop her throne.
The National Post's Rex Murphy says Winfrey's endorsement of then-Sen. Barack Obama may have started her downward trajectory, but her fall is just another sign of the fleeting nature of modern celebrity.
"Was Oprah’s benediction a “tipping point”? Was it the moment when Obama jumped from being just another candidate to being a star in a class of his own?
Perhaps, but that was then. What of now? Well, something strange has happened. Oprah has lost her chi. She ended her long-time relationship with mainstream television and decided that she should have her own network. It is one of the very few examples of a person ordering her own self-exile. And the result is that she has simply ceased — in television terms — to be. I cannot recall a more precipitous drop in status, and in the influence status bestows, than Oprah’s almost complete fall from entertainment eminence."
You know what they say -- If you've lost Oprah, you've lost . . . about 250 pounds, give or take.