Oprah to Debut New Program with Episodes on Racism
Oprah Winfrey is returning to her talk show format with a new series on Apple TV+, whose first episodes will focus on racism in the United States.
Apple Inc. and Winfrey announced in a statement that the new series will debut July 30.
According to Reuters, the first episode will feature Winfrey and Ibram X. Kendi, author of the best-selling book "How To Be an Antiracist," speaking with white people about racism.
"It's time to bring humanity back to the conversation," Winfrey, one of the most influential women in the United States, said on Twitter. Winfrey said she hoped to have "conversations that unite us, not divide us."
The new series, which does not have a fixed timetable, will "explore impactful and relevant topics with fascinating thought leaders from all over the world," the statement said.
It comes during a national reckoning about systemic racism in the United States that has led to nationwide protests for more than two months.
Winfrey in 2011 ended her top-rated daily television talk show, in which she broke new ground, discussing topics ranging from incest to sexual abuse as well as interviewing presidents and celebrities.
The episodes will be filmed remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic, but will include audience engagement.