LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple says it has reached a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programs for its streaming service.
Apple said Friday the programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content.
Apple has yet to launch its service, whose major competitors will include Amazon and Netflix.
Winfrey founded and heads the OWN channel as chair and CEO. She recently extended her contract with OWN through 2025.
An OWN spokeswoman said Winfrey has an exclusive on-camera deal with OWN but can appear elsewhere on a limited basis.
Winfrey’s content for Apple will be solely for the streaming service, the representative said.
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Oprah! Here Are 20 of Our Favorite "O" Moments
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1. A look back at some of the most memorable interviews from the queen of media, Oprah Winfrey.
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2. Oprah conducted the show's first interview with a sitting president and 1st lady
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3. In 2009, Whitney Houston talked with Oprah about her struggles with drugs.
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4. In Jay-Z's 2009 appearance on the show, they debated the use of the n-word.
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5. In the most watched interview in TV history, in 1993, with Michael Jackson.
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6. Dave Chappelle talked about why he walked away from 50M.
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7. Magic Johnson was a guest on Oprah 15 years after being diagnosed with HIV.
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8. Will Smith graced The Oprah Winfrey Show 15 times before her final season.
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9. "Mentor-mother-sister-friend," Maya Angelou came on the show.
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10. Oprah considers Nelson Mandela's visit to be a great honor.
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11. Tiger Woods coined the term 'Cablinasian' to describe his mixed heritage.
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12. Terry McMillan and her ex Jonathan Plummer discussed the end of their marriage.
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13. Tina Turner came of the show numerous times. Another of Oprah's favs.
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14. In 1996 Oprah spoke with the Little Rock Nine about Central High in Arkansas.
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15. Halle Berry was a guest on Oprah over 20 times.
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16. Denzel Washington is one of Oprah's favorite guests.
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17. Tyler Perry revealed the abuse and molestation he suffered as a child.
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18. Patti LaBelle was on the Oprah show over 20 times since her first visit in 1991.
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19. Mike Tyson was a guest on the show and talked about the death of his daughter.
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20. Michael Jordan talked to Oprah about finally retiring from NBA.
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