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Oprah Winfrey: I Want Sarah Palin on My Show

Friday, 05 Dec 2008 11:00 AM

By Dave Eberhart

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Daytime talk star and Barack Obama supporter Oprah Winfrey says she always wanted Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on her show post Nov. 4, but the Republican vice presidential nominee elected to talk to everybody but her.

During an interview with the entertainment show Extra, Winfrey complained, “I said I would be happy to talk to Sarah Palin when the election was over… I went and tried to talk to Sarah Palin and instead she talked to Greta [Van Susteren]. She talked to Matt [Lauer]. She talked to Larry [King]. But she didn’t talk to me.”

Winfrey commented on the Palin issue as the buzz around town was that she refused to invite the soccer mom on her show.

Now the buzz is that perhaps Palin was the one doing the snubbing.

And Oprah is reacting: “Maybe she’ll talk to me now that she has a [multi-million dollar] book deal,” Oprah told Extra.

Meanwhile, the Chicago-based Oprah Winfrey Show will move to Washington, D.C., where Winfrey will host at least two episodes during Inauguration Week, Harpo Productions announced Thursday.

The talk show queen is slated to air a live episode from the 2,300-seat Kennedy Center Opera House the day before Barack Obama is sworn-in as president. A second taping is scheduled for Wednesday Jan. 21 after the inauguration ceremony.

“There are not even words to talk about what this night means,” Oprah said of Obama's inauguration. “Everybody keeps using the word historic — there’s never been a night like this on the planet earth… Nothing can compare to this.”

The Oprah-Palin clash first hit the scene when the Drudge Report in Sept. claimed there was friction at Winfrey’s Harpo Studios about whether to book the GOP candidate for vice president.

“The item in today’s Drudge Report is categorically untrue,” Winfrey said in a written statement provided to ABCNews.com. “There has been absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show.

“At the beginning of the presidential campaign, when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates,” Winfrey wrote.

It should be noted that President-elect Barack Obama appeared on Winfrey's show prior to announcing his plans to run for the presidency, once in January 2005 and in October 2006 – before the policy decision to keep her show from being a political platform.

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