Obamas return to Oprah, as TV chat show winds down

LOS ANGELES Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:37pm EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will appear together on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in May, as the TV chat show queen nears the end of her 25-year reign.

The White House and publicists for the daily TV show said on Tuesday the Obamas would tape their appearance in Chicago on April 27, and the show will air on May 2.

Publicists said it would be the Obamas' first joint appearance on "Oprah" since 2006.

Winfrey, regarded as the most influential woman on U.S. television, campaigned publicly for Obama in his 2008 run for the White House and helped raise millions of dollars for his campaign.

She has interviewed Obama several times in the past, both before and after his election.

Winfrey announced last year that she would end her popular syndicated TV show, which airs in some 140 countries, in order to focus on her new cable TV channel OWN, which launched in January. The last original episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will air on May 25.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Dean Gooodman)

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