December 8th, 2008
06:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin didn't snub Oprah, spokesman says

Palin didn't snub Oprah, a spokesman said.
Palin didn't snub Oprah, a spokesman said.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin's camp is denying claims she's is snubbing talk show host Oprah Winfrey, telling CNN Monday the decision was "nothing personal" - the Alaska governor has just been flooded with so many media requests she simply hasn't had the time to sit down with the daytime talk show icon.

“The governor was invited to appear. She was also invited to appear on Letterman, Leno, Stephanopoulos, The Daily Show. She passed on a vast majority of these requests," Bill McAllister, Palin's communications director and press secretary.

"We’re up to about 250 requests for interviews and appearances and so on. It’s worldwide, there’s still a tremendous amount of interest. It’s nothing personal about Oprah, it’s just that she turned down the vast majority of these requests."

A Palin appearance at a later date is still possible, said McAllister: “I’m not aware that it’s been ruled out.”

Winfrey - the popular daytime talk show host and strong Barack Obama supporter - seemed to suggest last week that Palin was deliberately avoiding her show.

"I said I would be happy to talk to Sarah Palin when the election was over…" she said in an interview with the entertainment show Extra. "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’s comments came in response to rumors she'd refused to offer an invitation to the former vice presidential candidate.


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  1. John

    She already had a speaking engagement at Sesame Street that interfered with Oprah's show.

    December 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. John

    Bill, she was ASKED about it, she didn't start saying it out of the blue. So get your facts straight.

    December 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Cameron Johnson

    "It’s nothing personal about Oprah, it’s just that she turned down the vast majority of these requests ,"

    Yes, and where I'm from, turning down an interview request is called a SNUB! When will these people get some command of the English Language.

    December 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Nancy

    Could Oprah's ego get any bigger? Love her or hate her Sarah Palin is in demand. If she is a hillbilly or a redneck, she is the most famous and one of the most accomplished in the world. How many people have been Governors and Vice Presidential nominees? Oprah has all day to sit around and talk to random people. Sarah Palin has quite a serious and full time job right now. She will probably go on Oprah later when she has the time later. Until then Oprah will just have to talk to the thousands of other people who want to be on her show and enjoy her millions of dollars. I hardly feel sorry for the woman.

    December 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. Sandy

    After that turkey slaughter video (I am no animal rights advocate), I seriously can't even think about her without feeling physically sick.

    December 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Faith Restored

    And we care that the brunette version of Ellie Mae Clampett in Prada wants to consort with her own ignorant ilk instead of the most powerful woman in the entertainment industry because? LOL

    December 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Bob

    Why would anyone in their right mind appear on the Ophra show. She is a racist to the core. Palin is so much smarter then O and I would hope she will never appear on the O disgrace for a show.

    December 8, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Jo in Minneapolis MN

    Seems Oprah was just responding to rumors that she refused to invite Palin (she invited her) and Palin was just responding to rumors that she snubbed Oprah (she has many interview requests and can only do so many). Sounds like people trying to make a problem where there isn't one. I doubt Oprah respects Palin and I doubt Palin is enthusiastic about Oprah after her diehard support of Obama, but Palin will eventually appear on Oprah's show because it is all about ratings and political exposure. Do not see the big deal about this at all. However, I do wish Palin would go away because I find her incredibly annoying - I always turn the channel if she appears.

    December 8, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. libssuck1

    Who cares about Omprah! she is so full of herself it reaks!

    December 8, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. JimZ

    Why bother. Just let Palin sink back into the obscurity from which she came.

    December 8, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. Jeff

    who cares??

    December 8, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Seward'sFolly

    Palin is irrelevant...yesterday's news...as is McCain...

    December 8, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. C Spurgeon

    Who cares. Let this woman stay in Alaska and do her job. Maybe she can learn something in the meantime. I have no interest in her and I seldom watch Oprah show.So again who cares??

    December 8, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. JoePub

    BB, "Who Cares"? Apparently you do because of double posting. If you didn't care, then why are you reading and posting?

    December 8, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Jadwe

    I think Sarah should snub Oprey. Why put herself through what would be a very bias interview?

    December 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Geeeez!

    Sarah, go HOME, have a set of quintuplets or something, maybe that will keep you in Alaska.

    I am so sick of this bimbo.

    One thing, folks, if she runs in four years, she will be four year olders.

    When Sarah's looks go, she will go, too.

    December 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Larry C. in Texas

    This is STRAIGHT TALK, OK ?
    Palin KNEW that Oprah was supporting OBAMA, wholeheartedly, all the way.....not to mention that she is going all out when the inaugural
    day comes.....

    That being said, no wonder why PALIN didn't want to go on her show to get interviewed.....Palin probably figures that she could not answer
    Oprah's questions, and it would make Palin's answers look bad, once more....

    Larry C.
    Houston, Texas

    December 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Peachy Keen

    Having Sarah Palin on any show is not going to do a thing for their ratings. Her ability to communicate is so limited, any interview would be just plain boring. Maybe Romper Room would be a good show for her.

    December 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. gh

    I am so tired of Oprah, I am glad Sarah has decided not to go on and hope she never does. This country needs to get over Oprah and her self serving agendas. Get over yourself Oprah.....

    December 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Craig

    Seriously, enough with Palin already. The only reason she is getting requests for interviews is because people are waiting to see what she can screw up next. She's pretty useless.

    December 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. npiper

    Please make her go away, pleeeeeze, pleeeze, pleeze.......

    December 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. Sue

    Again with the hate. Wow, I think the Governor makes some people a bit nervous. Sarah will be just fine but I think some of you need therapy.

    December 8, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Ron

    Bill you brought up the subject of race. No one else has. With or without Palin, Oprah is still a BILLIONAIRE!! Stop Hating!!

    December 8, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Ann

    SO SICK OF SARAH

    December 8, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Angel

    This is so high school...too much going on in the world to worry about this

    December 8, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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