updated 11/20/2009 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/20/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET
As the realization sinks in that, after a quarter of a century, Oprah Winfrey will be ending her syndicated talk show Sept. 9, 2011 – a decision she intends to explain on her program Friday – rivals, admirers and industry analysts are chiming in with their reactions.
As with most things Oprah, there’s admiration mixed with a sense of awe.
Martha Stewart, attending Diddy’s 40th birthday bash at New York’s Plaza Hotel Thursday night (the news about Winfrey had broken late that afternoon), pointed out that Oprah was not retiring.
“She’ll do another show,” said the domestic diva, 68. “She’s evolving. She’s fabulous.”