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

Palin didn't snub Oprah, spokesman says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. tj

    @ rogmed – Oprah did NOT have Obama on her show. She stated that she was backing him and that she would have NO candidates or spouses on her show until after the election. She held true to her word.

    December 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Jb. Illinois

    I'm no fan of Plain, but after this election , even less fan of Oprah, she should have turned her down, hands down. Oprah had a chance to help the empowerment of women that she has preached about for years and a chance to pay back women who have made her famous and helped her achieve her fortune. The difference in Obama's and Clinton's policies was very little, so that rules out that reasoning. All parts of her show needs to be looked at closely.

    December 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas

    I've seen several stories about Sarah Palin in the supermarket tabliods, true or untrue, which means she's finally MADE IT and will be with us for some time. To me this kind of story belongs on THAT kind of newspaper. Although I know with the gov.'s name being metioned it's going to attract about 400 or more responses pro and con.

    December 8, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. Franky

    So she didn't snub her, huh? Guess I ain't surprise but to tell you the truth, tell her spokesman, thanks for letting me know how big a star she is now. So, she decides what to do, huh? Or whenever she feels like it? I could care less who she goes to but it seems to me she wants to get on the All-Star game instead of helping the team...

    December 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. jj

    just go away!

    December 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. VN Vet

    The sooner Palin gets her husband back to running Alaska and out of the limelight ...the better.

    December 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. Get a new life

    J.D.–touche' I love your response!!! (see beginning posts) Sarah is pure entertainment, a laughable folly who introduced the "Dumb" and "Dumber" phenomenon into politics. I can't wait until her narcissistic self-loving campaign in 2012, she'll get eaten alive by the press. No one in there right mind would vote for her, Paris, or Britney. In fact, she'd be better off making a music video about "shooting-up" wild moose in Alaska.

    December 8, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. kayla


    December 8, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. kevinref

    Do you really blame her from the interviews. The first is there are so many, she dont have time for all those, Plus Letterman, Leno, Stephanopoulos, The Daily Show, and Oprah are the very people bashed her and her family why would she do any interviews with those people.

    December 8, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  10. Erna

    Oprah did NOT snub Palin. She interviewed PE-Obama before he announced his candidacy. But, frankly, I am a little tired of Palin.

    December 8, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. The Game


    I've said : KEN-NE-DY!

    December 8, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. Perusing-Through

    "Diva vs Diva. Nothing to see here, folks… everyone move along, move along folks…."
    = = = = =

    Hi Cindy,

    You get an A+. That is hilarious! LOL!
    But keep in mind, as long as Oprah has that book club, and as long as Sarah Palin will need Oprah's book club to make Sarah's book number #1; then Oprah is the "Alpha Diva" and Sarah is a soon-to-be-pooch smooching up to Oprah to push her new book.

    December 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. Oh Please!

    It' obvious that women on this fourm are jealous of Palin!

    December 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. RO

    Palin, do your job in ALASKA, that you were elected to do so, okay? Stay there! You are old news.

    December 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. Kenny

    I agree with,

    " December 8th, 2008 7:51 pm ET


    Seriously, this is news?"

    December 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. John G. Malone

    Governor Sarah Palin has a 100% name recognition and a 91% approval amongst GOP voters. She needs no one.

    Since she dragged McCain across the finish line, everything has been done by her for a purpose.

    She smartly rationed out her national appearances last month only to answer the "jerks" in the McCain campaign who were trying to dent her star status for 2012. Where are those jerks now? Vintage Saracuda.

    She went to two Governor Conferences. That's her job.

    Turkey interview? That was local TV but it turned into record national face time for Governor Palin and it did not cost her a dime. On the spot she instinctively knew that people like CNN would look tiny trying to use the tape to ridicule Palin. They did not disappoint. After the 2004 loss, John Edwards would have bitten the turkeys' heads off for that exposure.

    Public appearances in Georgia last week: To the rank and file, she is the face of the GOP and it was her duty to make sure the senate did not turn filibuster proof if Reed decides not to seat Coleman. She out shinned every other national figure who went to Georgia to campaign. Voters just dig her act.

    Tomorrow she's on Canadian TV. Why? Pipeline. It's important to AK and the United States. It's her job.

    Oprah is a show biz star nothing more. Sarah Palin is a sitting Governor and a political leader with a large intense national following. She'll get to Oprah when she has the time.

    John G. Malone
    Member: Tam

    December 8, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Democrat to the bone

    Palin should be thanking her lucky stars that Oprah would even be willing to sit and talk with her. Why is everyone saying that Oprah refused to have an interview with Palin to begin with? She never said that, she said she would after the election be willing to have an interview with her. Oprah supported Obama, and she hasnt' even interviewed him yet on her show, so why the heck should Sarah get special treatment? I don't understand why everyone is so mad that Oprah supports it a crime for a black person to support another or something? Oprah has done many good things for both blacks AND whites, so don't even try to use the race card on this one...

    December 8, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. Got my facts straight

    Okay here's the deal.... Oprah said that she would not have any candidates on her show until after the election. Barack was on before he announced he was running for president. Who give's a rat's you know what if Sarah goes on the show or not NOBODY CARES. It will not make a difference, and as far as the person who wrote that Oprah's ratings are down the show is actually in reruns right now until after the first of the year.

    December 8, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. Gary

    Who cares? And who is Oprah Winfrey? Sarah Palin is the Governor of a large state, and she ran for Vice-President of the United States. Oprah is an actress and a talking head, and we, the American public, are crazy to let Ms. Winfrey have so much influence on us.

    December 8, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. Pat

    Apparently there is no bigger racist than Oprah! She needs to get over "The Color Purple" already !!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a movie that MADE her - but it was JUST a movie - and things are no longer that way - TRY TO GET IT, OPRAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. VETS4Obama

    The Witch from Wasilla is a complete and total joke. She is an ignorant,power abusing, hate spewing divider. What is surprising is that she has any supporters at all. I guess intelligence is not at all an important qualification for a potential future V.P. or President. She is not worthy of Oprah's show.

    December 8, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. paul oregon

    palin is a has been wonder how long its going to take cnn to relize
    that there ratings down because people cant stand palin. i will turn the t. v. off if palin comes on.

    December 8, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. pjw

    If I were Sarh Palin, I would snub Oprah too, When sarah was running against the person Oprah wanted to win, then sarah was not allowed on the show.

    Now that the election is over.Now she is welcome.Now that it is not politics, they can do girl talk ?

    December 8, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |


    December 8, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. Jimmy

    Who cares? Ophra is old news and a media has-been.

    December 8, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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