"You haven't had a time period like this open up in 25 years," said Larry Gerbrandt, an analyst for the
firm Media Valuation Partners in Los Angeles. "It really gives the players a chance to reshuffle the deck."
The two shows closest to Winfrey's in the ratings are hosted by her finds, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, and she has a financial stake in both shows. Though TV host Jerry Springer thinks Oprah will pass the baton to Ellen.