Oprah returns to TV: she is joining "60 Minutes"

Oprah Winfrey is coming to CBS' 60 Minutes as a special contributor, the network announced yesterday morning. The veteran interview and pop cultural force will start her run in the fall. 

While Oprah won't appear in every episode, her special touch is expected to be reflected on 60 Minutes, even in her absence.  

In a statement, Oprah said: "I've been a big admirer of 60 Minutes since my days as a young reporter. I'm so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling. At a time when people are so divided, my intention is to bring relevant insight and perspective, to look at what separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.” 

Since leaving her daily talk show in 2011, Oprah has focused on her production company Harpo Productions, the cable network she founded called OWN, philanthropy and film, with roles in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and A Wrinkle in Time. 

Turning back to the small screen with 60 Minutes, a show that typically draws 10 million viewers, will bring her back to where she got her start: interviewing celebrities and politicians, telling stories and perhaps most of all, helping to shape the culture at large.

 

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