After 20 years, Oprah Winfrey’s O: The Oprah Magazine, will cease printing after December of this year. The staff of the famed publication was notified on Friday. This News comes following the recent resignation of Hearst Communications now-former President Troy Young. According to staff in a New York Times story, he is accused of creating a toxic environment by making sexually suggestive comments about sex toys and emailed pornography to a senior editor.
Founded by Winfrey in 2000, O Magazine has a paid circulation of 2.2 million copies, a 10 million print audience, a Black subscriber base of 35%, and is second to Essence in female readers. It is still unclear whether the decision to end printing came from Oprah herself, or Hearst, and details of the 2021 strategy are still in the planning stages.
With an online audience of 8 million, an editor hinted that the website would continue, making the magazine all-digital. At the same time, a representative from Hearst said in a statement, “We’ll be reinventing how we deliver Oprah’s unique perspective on issues that are more important than ever, including health and well-being, climate change and social justice.” They later followed up by saying, “We will continue to invest in the growth of this platform as the brand becomes more digitally-centric.”
Editor-in-chief, Lucy Kaylin said in a statement, “As we embark on this next chapter, we will lean into moments that are central to the brand’s DNA and deepen the connection with our loyal readers.”
Contributing Writer, Racquel Coral is a lifestyle writer based in Chicago. Find her on social media @withloveracquel.