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. Holly

    Wow, Sarah Palin is still great. While I'd like to see her on Oprah, I think her time would be better spent in Alaska working for the people in the way she does so well. Go Sarah!

    December 8, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. David

    We don't want to see Palin on ANY talk show or any website. The name should no longer be spoken and it will eventually go away.

    December 8, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Phxphenom

    So Oprah snubs Palin and McCain all electoral season and NOW she wants to interview her? Can you spell Chutzpah?

    December 8, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. BM

    Who is running Alaska? Why won't this woman go away? Dumb is forever.The woman is dumb! Is this a cover up or people's pity for trying to prove to the world that she isn't a dummie?

    December 8, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. Mike

    I wouldn't talk to your overrated, egotistic face either...

    December 8, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Kitty

    Oprah – Leave Sarah alone!!! Sarah does NOT need you. Go back to play with Obama!!!

    You do not care about Gov. Palin only about your low ratings show!!

    Palin 2012!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. laura

    Does most of America even want to see or hear about Palin? NO. All of this has given the egotistical Palin an even bigger feeling of self-importance. Stay in Alaska and do the work you are paid for Palin!

    December 8, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    It's only the media who's interested in Palin. I personally would boycott any show that Palin was on. I wish she'd just go away.

    December 8, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Hank Miller

    Who is Sarah Palin, other than a figure the media has built? She nor her staff are bigger than the Queen of Day Time Talk Shows. Maybe Oprah, should buy Alaska and see if that gets a rise out of her. But why invite her on your show anyway. Especially after what Rather and Couric did to You would probably have to rehearse the script with her in a cabin for a week prior to the show for her to come up with any answers that would be conversation. Sorry! Palin is a joke and Alaska is where she needs to stay.

    December 8, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. laura

    WOW, some of the comments on here are so stupid, it is hard to believe CNN let them in. 1) Palin is NOT America's most popular gov anymore, know your facts! 2) some of you need to learn how to type and or spell! and 3) cutting down Oprah's weight? Get some therapy for God's sake.

    December 8, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Sick and Tired

    The hell with Palin .....NO MORE PALIN PLEASE !!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    December 8, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. bob in LA

    Oprah should not be surprised by the snub. she backed the other guy very publicly and let's face it, Palin cannot handle the heat of any question other than her own name. Why go into the other camps house, evenif its Oprah's?

    December 8, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Me


    Seriously, this is news?

    December 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. J.D.

    Yes, there IS huge interest in Sarah Palin. But there's huge interest in Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and that mother who may have killed her daughter in Florida. INTEREST does not mean people respect you, it means you entertain them.

    December 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. rogmed

    Whoa! Oprah snubbed Palin when she declared that she would have no candidate besides Obama on her show. Why should Palin now go where she was previously blacklisted? Better for Palin to wait until the new administration has a bit of history to discuss.

    December 8, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Roger in Ca.

    If Palin wants to go on Oprah it is up to her and if Oprah wants Palin on her show, it is up to her. Oprah doesn't need Palin and Palin doesn't need Oprah and I don't need either of them.

    December 8, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Pepe Le Pew

    250 request for interview? Phewwwww.

    December 8, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. J

    Everytime I read these comments about these Palin supporters, I remind myself that these are the same people that voted for G.B.- twice. Blame yourselves for whats going on right now, you-all shouldn't have anything to say for at least another eight years.

    December 8, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. reggie

    Palin is so popular right now, Oprah will have to wait to get her ratings boost. Oprah was too partisan during the campaign. If was the governor, I wouldn't give her the satisfaction of appearing on her show.

    December 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Sheri

    Sarah Palin you make me puke.

    December 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. irene

    Yawn, who wants to see another interview with this washed-up, bible-thumping, loser? Oprah – Don't book her, just let her go away finally!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. w

    who would want to talk to opray winfrey? so she can attack sarah palin. im glad she didnt go on her show. over the y

    December 8, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. Mary

    Oprah is a has been, washed up tv host – why should Governor Palin even consider giving her the time of day!!! They are not even in the same league.

    Oprah needs to quit eating ding dongs and do some real work!!!

    December 8, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. Ann

    yeah sure, now everyone has to honor Oprah. What for?

    December 8, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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