Oprah says she will never run for president

Go ahead and toss your Oprah Winfrey for president bumper stickers.

Winfrey is unequivocally shutting down speculation that she might throw her hat into the political ring.

During a podcast with The Hollywood Reporter, the media mogul was asked about the possibility of challenging President Donald Trump in 2020.

“I will never run for public office,” Winfrey said.

In 2015, Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that Oprah would be his dream running mate.

“I think we’d win easily, actually,” Trump said. “I like Oprah. I mean, is that supposed to be a bad thing? I don’t think so.”

Trump also teased a presidential run during an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1988.

Winfrey told THR she doesn’t know if she’d win in a race against Trump, but that doesn’t matter.

“I will never have to know the answer to that, because I will never run for public office,” she said.


Winfrey also weighed in on the controversy surrounding talk show host Bill Maher using the “n-word” recently on his HBO show.

“The word should be eliminated from the lexicon” for everyone, Winfrey said.

“I have been on the record being anti the word period,” she added. “Nobody should be allowed to say it.”

Some other amazing tidbits from the podcast? Oprah can’t remember the last time she encountered someone who didn’t know who she was.

“Uhhh…let’s see, I don’t know. I can’t remember when that was!” she said. While she couldn’t remember that tidbit, she was able to remember the last time she flew on a commercial airline: April 1991, to be exact.

The talk show host and all-around mega-star also mentioned that the celebrity who most reminds her of herself is John Travolta “because of his love of life.”

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Written by Lisa Respers France for CNN with additional reporting from Simplemost.

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