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Sorry, but Oprah Officially Shot Down Rumors of Her Running for President

Ever since her legendary speech after accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2017 Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey has found herself at the center of rumors about the TV mogul running for president of the United States in 2020. People reportedly close to Oprah have shared mixed views on the credibility of the speculation, some saying she’s all in  and others claiming she wouldn’t dare. Now, Oprah herself has debunked any truth in the rumor for now.

PEOPLE reports that, while live-taping an episode of her podcast Super Soul Sunday with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Oprah made it clear that she had no plans of running for office. When Miranda, another fan favorite to try out government work, said that he wasn’t going into politics, Winfrey said, “I’m not either.”

Emphasizing why I’m sort of glad Oprah isn’t running for office, Miranda replied to her confession, “I’d argue that being Oprah is a more powerful position that president.”

Um, yes. 

It’s probably a good thing that Oprah isn’t aiming for the White House, because then she definitely wouldn’t have the time for hosting events similar to the Super Soul Sunday conversation. Held at New York’s Apollo Theater, the live taping on Wednesday also included Oprah’s discussions with Salma Hayek, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Jordan Peele and Yara Shahidi. A taping of the conversations will air on Oprah’s network OWN on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Keep doing you, Oprah. You definitely don’t need the prestige of presidential office to be amazing. 

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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