Oprah Winfrey Crowns New Talk Show King and Queen

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan Have Succeeded Where Others Have Failed

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Oprah Winfrey Crowns New Talk Show King and Queen
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Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has finally handed over her crown! Two years after her 25-year talk show reign ended, the OWN head honcho made a surprise appearance on "Live With Kelly and Michael," where she crowned morning show duo Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan "the reigning king and queen" of the talk show world.

The shocked duo rolled out the red carpet after Oprah's unexpected visit -- Strahan even got down on all fours and played like a table before inviting his surprise guest to put her feet up -- when Oprah passed the torch, saying, "You guys are the reigning king and queen. You are. Congratulations. Because I'm in the biz and I have other shows on the air that I'm not on, I still get the numbers everyday and I see that you guys are at the top."

While no one can ever fill Oprah's shows, many have tried.

When Anderson Cooper launched his daytime talk show in 2011, the daytime queen addressed questions on whether he could potentially be the new Oprah. In a press conference she said, "No. Will he be the next Anderson Cooper? Yes. This whole idea… it was like me [being asked], 'Are you going to be the next Phil Donahue?' I created my own way. I'm a fan of [Cooper's]. Obviously, he's very talented. It would be interesting to see who does watch him, and what [he'll] do that's different. And I will be rooting for him. He will not, definitively, will not - what I know for sure - he will not be the next Oprah."

"Anderson" was canceled after two seasons.

Rosie O'Donnell attempted a talk show on Oprah's network -- she even took over O's old digs at Harpo Studios and worked with some of her staff -- but the show was axed after five months. Oprah told Access Hollywood she flew out to Rosie's home to convince her to do the show, and later fired her.

"I'm the one that went to her house and asked her [to do the talk show], so I would have to be the one to pick up the phone and call her and say, "It's not working out,'" she said. Of the failed venture, she added, "Rosie has been nothing but a class act…and this is what I had said to her from the very first meeting, 'If there is a problem, come to me. If I have a problem, I'll come to you. We're not gonna have it all out in the press and, you know, be foolish about it. We're gonna be real women about it, and that is what we did."

And Katie Couric endured the typical Oprah comparisons when her daytime talk show debuted in 2012. According to the Wall Street Journal, she said, "Here we go again. When anyone asks me if I'm the new Oprah, I tell them I'm the old Katie…. Oprah did an amazing job, but I'm my own person, with my own life experiences."

As for balancing her news journalist past with the daytime chat fest arena, Katie said her show runs the gamut "from really fun things to very, very serious topics," and added, "I don't want to over share, but I'm sure inevitably I'll reveal certain things about myself. I'm older and wiser and my skin is a lot thicker with age….That's probably a good topic for our menopause show!"

"Katie" has been renewed for a second season, amid a ratings stumble and an executive producer switcheroo.

Meanwhile, although Oprah was known for doling out cars and favorite things to her audience, newly-crowned talk show king Michael Strahan made one thing clear: "We don't give our audience anything," he quipped. "We give them an experience."

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