Will Emmy queen Oprah reclaim her crown?
In 1999, after Oprah Winfrey won the Emmy for best talk show host six times, she yanked herself from competition. One year later, she removed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from the race for best talk show after a record nine victories.
Now that her syndicated show is over, will Oprah's next program on her own cable network rejoin the top Emmy contests? It's not an outlandish question. In past years, at the prime-time Emmys, Candice Bergen and John Larroquette removed themselves from competition after repetitive wins, but then they rejoined the race after they left, respectively, "Murphy Brown" and "Night Court."
Whatever happens at Oprah's next show, her staff will continue to compete for their work. She always encouraged them participate at the Emmys. At next month's Daytime Emmys, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has five nominations: best director, lighting, makeup, technical direction and multiple camera editing.
-- Tom O'Neil