03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Oprah's Exit: Will Anyone Ever Rule Daytime The Same Way?

Oprah Winfrey's exit from daytime TV will mean more than just a studio scuffle for the time slot she mined for gold for TV stations. It also likely signals, many experts say, the beginning of an inexorable decline for the daytime syndicated talk show, which has occupied a central spot in mainstream culture ever since "The Phil Donahue Show" rolled out nationwide nearly 40 years ago.

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