“I don’t know what to do,” she told Ebert. “The ABC stations want to syndicate my show. So does King World. The problem with syndication is that if your show isn’t successful, you’re off the air in three months. The ABC stations own themselves, so they can keep you on. Which way do you think I should go?”
Of course Roger gave her the advice that has made her a billionaire. After the first year of syndication the show made 125 million dollars that year, and 30 of all those millions went to Oprah, only 31-years-old.
‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ debuted as national syndication on Sept 8, 1986 when Oprah was 32-years-old. The first topic? “How to marry the man or woman of your choice.”
Oprah has had a few loves of her life, but the longest and most important love of her life has been Stedman Graham. Oprah and Stedman have been together since 1986, and got engaged in 1994, but Oprah has publicly stated that she is not interested in getting married.
“The love … the lover … the man … the partner … the mate, I do not know of another man on this planet … who could have lived this life with such dignity, with such grace and such respect and humility in it. And still hold his own and be his own.” Oprah has been quoted as saying.