Oprah Winfrey’s exit from her talk show to her OWN cable channel — I told the story a year ago in my old column. The rumor popped up again today, and both CBS and Winfrey denied that a decision has been made.

Since the creation of the Internet, it’s become an interesting phenomenon of the news cycle that old stories, which made a big splash when they were first published, vanish when a new panic sets in. Today’s so-called scoops about Oprah shutting down her syndicated show are rehashed from a year ago.

Frankly, it’s been understood for some time that Oprah was moving to the OWN network. Her show there would the lynchpin in that new network’s launch. That has always been the plan.

And, as planned and reported a year ago, Oprah will end her syndicated show in 2011, on its 25th anniversary. Her move to cable will be like Howard Stern’s was to Sirius Radio. Suddenly, a lot of people will be signing up for the OWN channel. Oprah will get richer. And someone will come along and fill the void left by her in the afternoon.

So, really, let’s calm down. The end of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in daytime is two years off. There’s plenty of time to get our farewells in order!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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