January 26th, 2009
04:58 PM ET
9 months ago

Winfrey shocked over 'Senator Oprah' news

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Monday that he considered Oprah Winfrey to replace President Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Monday that he considered Oprah Winfrey to replace President Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

(CNN) - Surprised to hear Illinois might have had a Senator Oprah? So was Winfrey herself.

The talk show host said Monday she’d had no clue Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich had considered tapping her for the state’s open Senate slot before he confirmed the news in a Monday morning TV interview.

Watch: Ill. governor on considering Winfrey

"If I had been watching [the ABC interview], as I watch from the treadmill, I probably would have fallen off the treadmill," Winfrey told friend Gayle King in a radio interview after hearing the news.

Blagojevich admitted Monday he once considered asking the media mogul to fill the senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, before deciding to appoint former state attorney general Roland Burris.

“She seemed to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way to become President,” he told ABC, adding that Winfrey “had a much broader bully pulpit than a lot of senators."

The embattled governor - currently facing impeachment proceedings for allegedly plotting to sell the vacant position to the highest bidder - will take calls from viewers tonight on CNN’s Larry King Live at 9 pm ET.

Related: Blagojevich takes his case to TV


Filed under: Oprah Winfrey • Popular Posts • Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. eddy

    more bs

    January 26, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. lescroc

    My My, what the 200 pound cow wont do! SHAME ON YOU OPRAH

    January 26, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. GARY

    Thats all this country needs.Give me a break. She did buy Obama's election, that is the fact. History was made with Obama ,now lets see if he can live up to what 69% of this country voted him in for.

    January 26, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Tina, NC

    This guy is going to need some serious therapy. I hope the state of Illinois' correction facilities have some good shrinks. Or he could just tune in to the Oprah show. lol.

    January 26, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. CHANGE.COM

    Perhaps Oprah can schedule Blagojevich for a psychological exam on her show. Why is the media giving this wacko such a PR blitz to corrupt the airwaves?

    January 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. jm

    I am so SICK of the cult of Oprah. The woman made something of herself – great. But, she is merely a talk show host. She has all these discussions but no solutions. She has no children, she is not married, and she hasn't had to worry about money or paying a mortgage or a bill in decades. I am sorry I just don't relate to her appeal.

    January 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. jm

    Oh, let me say this also:
    There is nothing wrong with being unmarried and having no children, but she has these shows where she talks to couples, and parents, etc., and I just can't relate to her at all because she can't relate to me.

    January 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Birthing Moment

    Shocked me too! So may we shock the big lady once more and have her please ask BO where he really really was born and to show us all the wrinkled papers .....We the people have so longed for and for this story to end. I still believe he is not able to run our county...or be the President of the USA....what do you all say? When will CNN or some respectiful sold do this for the world? We are never ever going to stop till the truth gets clear and shown....please help! Thanks to all the good people!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Mike in NYC

    Why the surprise? She's famous, overhyped, underqualified, and of course, she's black. The Illinois Senate seat will be the first to be ethnically apportioned (but certainly not the last).

    January 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. LAW

    CNN's own poll shows that 85% of the the respondents do not think that Oprah would be a good senator.

    Now who in the world would make up that other 15%?

    January 26, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. NICK

    I think we all are as tired about news from this guilty Gov. as we are of Sara Palin. Why in heck would Oprah have anything to do with this jerk.. Her life is the envy of all those Politicans.

    January 26, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Scott Hughes in Atlanta

    I'm really confused by these comments about Oprah as if she had something to do with what Blago said. He is obviously trying to throw her name out there to garner some sort of sympathy from those who really like her.

    But even though she had nothing to do with him, look at all the negative comments about her from people that just love to hate.

    But then again, these are the same folks that are "anti-abortion", but don't mind sending thousands of "already-born" folks off to die for no reason.

    The same folks that say they're Christians, but believe Israel should bomb Palestinian villages back to the stone ages; killing thousands of innocents.

    America is starting to see through the right. Right through the right.

    January 26, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. GRIM

    This guy is such a sleazebag and a joke! He's just playing the media circus so he can get a book deal when this is all said and done.

    January 26, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. SidearmS

    We all know Oprah only wants to be President. The Senate is a too small position for her. This lady changes lives on a whim.

    XBox 360 – Because the discontent is rising, and you ignore that.

    January 26, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Jim Ledbetter

    No more Sarah's.

    January 26, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. No Hillary = No Obama

    Oprah would have Bin Laden on her show if she could get him via satelite – at this point, I don't belive anything shocks this woman.

    January 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Jeff in Illinois

    I'm fairly certain Blago is going to either go on a shooting spree, or he's going to suicide. I can't imagine a scenario where someone as nuts as he is goes to prison without bullets flying.

    January 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Sherry

    Rush and Blab-o-vitch need to team up and shut-up!

    January 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. MAD

    Some folks are acting like Oprah had something to do with the stupid announcement this guy made this morning. He's a nut. She is just minding her business and what a business it is.

    She has nothing to do with this... Grow up people.

    January 26, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. PE

    Really Oprah, why did you even respond to this idiot--its obvious that he is trying to direct attention anywhere but on HIMSELF.....gosh!

    January 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Scott Hughes in Atlanta January 26th, 2009 4:58 pm ET
    But then again, these are the same folks that are "anti-abortion", but don't mind sending thousands of "already-born" folks off to die for no reason.

    Scott, since when do you have to choose between protecting the innocent unborn and protecting your country? These are not opposing postions. It's your opinion that those in Iraq have died for 'no reason'. Besides, if you want to play numbers games, there have been more lives lost through abortions in the US alone than all those killed on all sides in WWII.

    January 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. carolflowery

    this is absolutely hilarious

    January 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Shawn - GA

    That is only because Big Bird, and Miss pIggy were not avail.

    (not a rip on Oprah, commenting on the insanity of this guy) :-)

    January 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    What a lying POS...I have heard enough from this clown...shoot him and be done with it

    January 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. JA/TN

    the man is grasping, he might say anything at this point, God Bless him

    January 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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