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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soundoff (486 Responses)
  1. deb

    Jeez, people! Get a grip! Oprah wasn't implying that she was snubbed. Everyone just reads crap into everything nowadays. It's really pathetic.

    December 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Grey Stone

    Hey BB,

    people who refer to palin as a "hillbilly" are no better than people who refer to blacks as "lazy", jews as "cheap" or any other derogatory remark towards fellow americans. I guess your initials BB must stand for just your Basic Bigot.

    December 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. swinn

    So who's Oprah that our political leaders have to feel obligated to give her an interview? Just like that Preacher 'what's his name' that the candidates had to go to to get his blessing in order to run their campaign. She's another one of those people who are really impressed with themselves, who look themselves in the mirror every morning
    and just say 'Ahhhhh' I'm been saying for years that she's a big phony, just like that psycho psychologist she gave birth to, Dr. Phil. Don't we ever wake up?

    December 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Palin is cute, but cute don't (for empahsis) get you to the top of the ticket.
    She'll need to go to Oprah at some point. In which case, Oprah might just decide that the snub was itentional.

    December 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. swinn

    And another thing. When will our political leaders act to restore dignity to their elected offices by granting interviews only to newspapers, newsmagazines, and network news organizations, in other words – journalists, and not talk shows, late nite shows, comediens, and other mindless fluff? You only get the respect you earn. I, for one, choose not to vote for a candidate who insults the dignity of his office by appearing on Letterman, Oprah, Leno, or what have you.

    December 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Shannon

    Oprah needs to get over herself, she believes her own publicity!

    December 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. nyindependent

    Who cares???????????

    December 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Nick

    Nor did I think there was anything to it. Nothing against Oprah, but who really cares who is on her show, or any show for that matter.

    December 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. PG

    Is this lady back at work yet?

    December 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM



    December 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Bill Bellows

    What'st the matter Oprah? Are your feelings hurt? Too bad, so sad. I guess that's the way it goes. Palin doesn't owe you anything, and you don't deserve to have Palin on your show. You made it clear that you were an Obama supporter because the two of you are black, and Palin is white. We all get it. Why don't you get Barack to be on your show?

    December 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Proud to be American

    Palin is not worthy to be on Oprah show.... if she thought Kattie asked the hard questions she would not get through five minutes with Oprah.... please Oprah no one want to see Palin really..... let her stay in Alaska and watch the nations security from her back yard.... taht will be best for all of us....

    December 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz



    December 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Simon

    Do you REALLY think this is NEWS????!!!! Palin has to be the most boring, uneduated woman in the States! Can we please forget her and move along.

    December 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. Howard Roark

    A transition team loaded with lobbyists....a cabinet loaded with entrenched Washington politicians...yep, change you can believe in.

    December 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Have you seen Oprah lately???

    She's put on about 50 lbs. and looks enormous--she's back to wearing the moo moo dresses--bringing Sarah Barracuda on the show will only hurt her fragile ego as she continues to balloon up--

    December 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Ellen M. Wolfe

    ARRGGHH, more Palin. The new president hasn`t even been inaugurated and they are already trying to campaign. I wish we would learn from the British and limit campaigns to 6 weeks. This last campaign was outright disgusting, I didn`t even listen to the news anymore. Please CNN, don`t tell me you are gonna give publicity to people who want to campaign for four years.

    December 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. Melissa

    Oh for gods sakes... why won't this woman just disappear? We've had enough of her.

    December 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. jan poorman


    December 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. James

    First of all, Oprah was asked about the issue. She did not just come out and complain about Palin refusing to come on her show. Second, it is her show. I'm sure most of the people complaining don't watch it. I don't. Third, she had Obama on her show BEFORE the primaries not DURING. If she wasn't goint to have anyone campaigning on her show or promoting themselves, it was her right to do so. You might have a point if she had him on during the campaign. But I seriously doubt that she really wants to have Palin on her show anyway.

    December 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. Cristine C.

    To Bill at 6:30...

    White woman speaking here...if you think that black women always expect to get their way, can you do us all a favor and go post your insane ideas on the Fox blog?

    I'm sure that you have really healthy relationships with the women in your life, nah, you're probably on your 3rd wife...good luck with life, pal.

    December 8, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Artola

    She's probably afraid of what Oprah will ask. The last thing she needs is a Katie Couric moment and you can believe that Oprah isn't going to be any less intense that Couric.

    December 8, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. From PA

    Oprah is nothing but a diva..GET OVER YOURSELF!!

    December 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. Have you seen Oprah lately???

    She's put on about 50 lbs. and looks enormous--she's back to wearing those moo moo dresses again--bringing Sarah Barracuda on will only make her look even more terrible-

    December 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. DeVone

    Palin told us who she is on the campaine trail, and for you who donot
    like Oprah, so be it I donot care for her show but with or without Palin
    she will do fine. people just hate for no reason at all you are going
    to have to answer for that

    December 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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