"There will be no running for office of any kind for me", the mogul said at the time. That afternoon, Stelter reported that sources close to Winfrey said that she is "actively thinking" about running for president.
Tuesday morning's CBS This Morning became a will-she-or-won't-she White House discussion on Winfrey, with co-hosts peppering one of their own with questions, as King has been the queen of talk's longtime best friend. Absolutely. But in terms of where she stands on a number of positions, I would find a lot of problems with that.
The growing hype behind a potential Oprah Winfrey presidential campaign doesn't seem to have everybody enamoured with the idea, with singer Seal dubbing the star as "sanctimonious" and accusing her of being aware of Harvey Weinstein's misdeeds well before they were made public.
On an evening when women at the awards show wore black in solidarity with those who have suffered sexual harassment, Winfrey, 63, said: "She [Taylor] lived as we all have lived - too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men".
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, King said: "I have people calling me - very important names that I won't name - who said, 'I will be her campaign manager".
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Asked how he rated Oprah Winfrey's chances of reaching the White House, Mr Cortes - a Trump supporter - replied: "I don't know what Oprah believes".
The White House has already chimed in on Monday, welcoming Winfrey as a potential Trump rival. "Is she a successful individual?" I do think that the speech was a different moment for her. "And I will tell you, I went to the Wharton School of Finance, and I will say I am sitting next to it".
Whether or not Winfrey would actually win, I fear the big loser would be the seriousness and legitimacy of the Presidency. At this point, who's to say that Winfrey couldn't run? "And we've seen this before in our history - where people who have tried to pop in that are not in politics and have had a hard time adjusting". He would never do that, ' King said.
A new national telephone and online survey revealed that more Americans would likely vote for Oprah Winfrey than for Donald Trump. People said 'oh yeah, she wrote that speech as a launching pad for what she wants to do.' That's absolutely not true. "Oprah has not spoken to Harvey Weinstein directly", her spokesperson told TMZ several months ago. I think of myself as pretty hard-bitten and jaded, but I found it inspirational - even thrilling. - I thought it sounded nearly like a campaign speech.