Oprah shuts down rumours of a 2020 presidential run: 'I don't have the DNA for it'

Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty ImagesOprah Winfrey.
  • Oprah Winfrey has shut down the rumours that she might run for president in 2020.
  • Winfrey said in a new profile with In Style that “it’s not something that interests” her.

Oprah Winfrey has shut down the rumours that she might run for president in 2020, weeks after her stirring speech at the Golden Globe Awards sparked speculation that the former talk-show host would run for office.

In a new profile with In Style, Winfrey addressed the “Oprah 2020” rumours publicly for the first time, following two of her “closest friends” telling CNN earlier this month that Winfrey was “actively” thinking about a presidential bid.

“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” Winfrey told In Style of a potential bid. “And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”

Winfrey said that her friend and “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King had been “calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, ‘When’s Oprah going to run?'”

“So Gayle sends me these things, and then she’ll go, ‘I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you-it would be good for everyone else,'” she continued.

Winfrey added, “I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”

Read the full profile over at In Style.

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