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Deggans on NewsHour at 7:30 p.m. today talking Oprah's departure

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Oprahwinfrey For a public broadcasting nerd like myself, it's like getting asked to shag a few balls for A-Rod.

But the good folks at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer have been very nice about inviting me onto their show today to talk about Oprah Winfrey's decision to leave her legendary talk show after 25 years on Sept. 9, 2011.

(UPDATE: see the appearance for yourself by clicking here)

The news wires today have been filled with speculation and analysis about Winfrey's move -- to be honest, too many of these pieces feel like obituaries written for someone who won't even die for 18 months.

Here's what Winfrey herself had to say this morning: ""After much prayer and months of careful thought, I've decided the next season, season 25, will be the last season of the 'Oprah Winfrey Show.' Why walk away and make the next season the last? Here is the real reason -- I love this show. This show has been my life. And I love it enough to know when it's time to say 'goodbye.' Twenty-five years feels right in my bones and it feels right in my spirit. It's the perfect number, the exact right time. So I hope you will take this 18-month ride with me right through to the finale show."

Check out the video below, and check out my observations on the Lehrer show in about two hours:

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