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. Art in Las Vegas

    Maybe Sarah would go if they invited the freaking turkey she shared her last interview with! Enough Palin!!!!! Enough!!! Boycott Palin!!!!

    December 8, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. energy

    Good for Palin! Any idiot can become Talk Show Host, but being a governor and VP candidate requires some real education and intelligence. Oprah should lose weight and get a degree before talking to St. Sarah!!

    December 8, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. T

    Yesterday, Governor Palin indicated that only if Oprah joins her new age church, then she might go on the show.

    December 8, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. Mark

    Oprah is over rated

    December 8, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Eric

    Oprah is a hypocrite. Good for Palin. To hell with Oprah.

    December 8, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. Why!!

    I haven't the slightest clue as to why Oprah would want to attempt to communicate with that nitwit of a ding. Is Bozo still around, I think her time would be better wasted talking to him, rather than Sarah Palin. Oprah, I'm not exactly a fan of yours, but I know you can do better than that racist heffa!!. Find out if Richard Simmons is available, he's more likeable and entertaining.

    December 8, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. DJ

    Palin??Who?? Who cares. We don't need a beauty queen in the white house. In four years she will be facing challenges presented by her downs child. Her children need her energy. She needs to stay home and take care of the children she has brought into the world and forget about politics.

    December 8, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Mike Dallas

    Does anyone really care anymore?

    December 8, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. ViewFromSAT

    No more Palin, please. She has not changed at all. I thought she would have learned by now... sadly, no! Americans deserve better and please stop talking about her on CNN!

    December 8, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. tlo

    Oprah should stop whinning....

    December 8, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. Oz

    What's Oprah's problem? All she needs to do is Ask the Universe for Sarah to be on her show, Feel and Behave as if Sarah is coming, and Be Open to receiving her.

    It's not like this is some big Secret

    December 8, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. Sally

    Why should Sarah accept?? Oprah is not a God, she is just a woman who happened to be in the right place at the right time, and has made her fortune from it. She's really not that talented. Being offered a spot on Oprah is not something everyone craves – I would certainly not want to be in her audience – all of them make complete fools of themselves. Sarah should do what SHE wants to do, not follow the pathetic crowd.

    December 8, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. FL for Obama

    Couldn't get this in anywhere else...but people please give the whole birth certificate thing a rest. Go to and search for yourself. They have see, held, touched, examined the official certification of birth. He was born in Hawaii. He is a US citizen. He is the President-elect. And on Jan. 20, 2009 – HE WILL BE PRESIDENT of all of us. We've had to suffer during the past 8 years...TAG...YOU'RE IT! But I think we're all going to be pleasantly surprised and excited for the future.

    December 8, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. sandee in Portland

    I love the way all the people who love Palin can't spell. Guess that shows how intelligent her base is. By the way, for the blogger who said she's the most popular governor in the states, you better check your rating figures. Her popularity has fallen big time in Alaska. I think the Alaskans got a good look at the intelligence level of their governor when she was on the ticket for vice president.

    December 8, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. Tori

    Okay...first let me start by saying that yes, I am an Obama supporter and have been since primaries. But, why are there all of these crude comments about Palin? So she wasn't qualified to be VP...well, let me ask you something. If someone asked you to be the VIce President...would you say no? Of course not, you'd say how much can I learn in x amount of So, she doesn't want to be on Oprah...okay...let them snub each other until the cows come home...aren't we in a recession? No, of course we're not thinking about that....lets just continue to beat the dead horse.

    December 8, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. cindy

    Get over yourself Oprah! Anyone with a brain does not care about you or your show.

    December 8, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    It is beyond belief that the media, who love to hate so many people, can't just let this gadfly disappear into an Alaska snowbank so we don't have to listen to her crap any more... OPRAH, WHO CARES WHETHER YOU SNUBBED SARAH OR SHE GAVE YOU THE COLD SHOULDER... OR IS IT BECAUSE GRETTA GOT AN INTERVIEW YOU DIDN'T? What ever the reason drop her, she's only trying to use you to keep her face on the news... We the public are SICK OF HER....

    December 8, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. Gill

    Get her off the media, pleeeeease!

    December 8, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. Robe

    If Palin is on Oprah, then that is one show that I will definately not be watching.

    December 8, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. McGoo

    Oprah is such a whiny cry baby.

    December 8, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. tee

    O could buy and sell you. Palin doesn't deserve to be in the same room as O

    December 8, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. Pockets

    BOBBY JINDAL....Now there is a serious contender for the GOP to consider but palin.......nawwwwwwww been there done that, she should go back to school and get an education. Her daughter's have got to also get an education especially concerning sex education.

    One is pregnant and the other is a prime candidate to end up the same way, the rednecks in A laska are buzzing around the house when she is out of State, and that appears to be often. Who is running A laska anyway, she is never around. To much time spent on this woman, time to move on.

    December 8, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. tdbenton

    Things are crazy now days. Just need to know that its over now.

    December 8, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. Jasmine in Germany

    Palin misjudges the opportunities for herself by not appearing on Oprah's show. However, Palin's advisors are smart to wait until they are sure that she can answer questions intelligently before letting her appear on "Oprah".

    December 8, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |


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