Oprah Winfrey to host new TV discussion series for Apple TV+

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey is returning to her talk show format with a new series on Apple TV+ in which she will discuss the topics of the day with prominent newsmakers, Apple Inc and Winfrey announced on Monday.

“The Oprah Conversation” will debut July 30. It will feature Winfrey and Ibram X. Kendi, author of the best-selling book “How To Be an Antiracist,” speaking with white people about racism, Apple and Winfrey said in a statement.

The first episode will be free to stream on Apple TV+ and joins two other Apple ventures by Winfrey - “Oprah Talks COVID-19” and “Oprah’s Book Club.”

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, one of the most influential women in the United States, ended her top-rated daily television talk show in 2011, where she broke new ground in discussing topics ranging from incest to sexual abuse as well as interviewing presidents and celebrities.

The second episode of “The Oprah Conversation” will be streamed on Aug. 7 and will feature a two-part interview with former football player Emmanuel Acho, the host of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.” The episode will include questions from white and Latino guests.

The episodes will be filmed remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic, but will include audience engagement.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Leslie Adler