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Oprah sat Chicago down and said, 'It's over.'

Oprah sat Chicago down and said, 'It's over.'

It was a slow breakup — the kind you know is coming but neither side wants to initiate.

Then Tuesday arrived, the day when procrastination met realization. Oprah Winfrey formally broke up with Chicago.

Winfrey announced to her remaining staff at Harpo Studios, 110 N. Carpenter St., that her media enterprise would move permanently to West Hollywood, Calif., where her production company Oprah Winfrey Network is located. The Carpenter Street campus was sold last year; Winfrey has been leasing it. The doors of Harpo will close for good in December.

Having staged hundreds of emotional episodes on her show, we're guessing Winfrey handled the breakup with a soft touch,...