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PopWrapped | Television

Oprah Winfrey To Join '60 Minutes' As Special Contributor

Kristina Atienza | PopWrapped Author

Kristina Atienza

Updated 02/5/2017 4:40pm
Oprah Winfrey To Join '60 Minutes' As Special Contributor | Oprah Winfrey
Media Courtesy of Herring & Herring / Fast Company

We may not have a chance to get random cars for sitting in Oprah Winfrey's audience anymore, but we will get to see the iconic television personality grace our screens once more.

60 Minutes has announced that Oprah Winfrey will be joining the show as a special contributor.

"She has achieved excellence in everything she has touched," said executive producer Jeff Fager of the addition of Oprah to the popular CBS show. "Her body of work is extraordinary, including thousands of interviews with people from all walks of life. I am thrilled that she will be bringing her unique and powerful voice to our broadcast."

Winfrey seems excited to contribute to the show, citing her long respect for the show, which she considers "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," said Winfrey.

While the position isn't expected to make Winfrey a significant amount of money, Winfrey has established her presence after hosting the self-titled Oprah Winfrey Show, which ended in 2011, for 25 seasons. She became a household name through the show, launching book lists and boasting interviews with big names.

Although her time as a host ended in 2011, Winfrey kept building her reputation in the entertainment industry. She oversees a production company, worked as an actor and writer on various projects and has her own magazine and television channel. In 2015, she joined the Weight Watchers board of directors and invested in Weight Watchers and creation of the Smithsonain's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

60 Minutes first started airing on CBS in 1968. Each episode would include three different news documentaries that would run approximately 15 minutes long, and the program is most recognized by the use of the visual image of the ticking stopwatch.

There has been no announcement for when Winfrey will begin her position as special contributor. Will you be watching when she makes an appearance?

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