Oprah Winfrey stopped by “CBS This Morning” today to talk about her new movie, “A Wrinkle In Time”, but was soon being pressured by her bestie Gayle King to run for president in 20/20.
The rumours of a Winfrey presidential campaign started back in January following the media mogul’s impassioned speech at the 2018 Golden Globes. But despite the hopes of many, Winfrey has since denied having any interest in becoming the next President of the United States.
One of those people hoping for Oprah 20/20 was King, the “CBS This Morning” co-host, who it was revealed had previously tried to convince the 64-year-old actress to run for office.
During their chat, Winfrey said that she invited her best friend to her private gym in Maui, where she was hoping to get her thoughts on her upcoming awards speech. “Gayle goes, ‘Look, uh, I just want to talk to you about something. It’s not going to be good for you, but I think it would be good for the country,'” Winfrey said. “And I’m like, ‘Get out of here! I wanted you to come listen to the speech.'”
King was still unwilling to accept Winfrey’s refusal and continued to let the legendary talk show host know why she thinks she would be suitable for the job. “Nobody should be convinced to run for the presidency,” King explained, “but I also think you have a very unique ability in terms of healing and connecting people.”
Winfrey interrupted to say, “I have great compassion for people, I do, but I think you need more than compassion to be President of the United States.”
In a last-ditch effort, King asked Winfrey what she thought Maya Angelou would say about the situation. “What do you think Maya would say? It’s one of those times I really wish Maya was here,” she said. “What do you think Maya would say? You’d certainly ask her.”
“She’d say, ‘Baby, listen to your own heart,'” Winfrey said about the American poet and civil rights activist who acted as her mentor. “That’s what she would say.”
Winfrey stars in “A Wrinkle In Time” which opens in theatres Friday, March 9.