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. beachgirl

    Palin is TOO DUMB to be in Oprah! think about........what is she going to talk about?

    Leave Palin along and where she belongs, in the woods, in Alaska!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. fat mama

    Is Oprah going to let her bring those kinder kare characters they used on the campaign trail.. You know the ones you used to teach kids Joe the "plum" Nancy The "nurse""that ridi foolishness. Oh only Sarah the idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Ric

    Why would Oprah even want her on the show? She is dull as dishwater and dumb to boot. Hopefully overexposure will get people bored with her and the media can move on to their next Bimbo of the hour.

    December 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. bob

    What could Palin talk about? She will have to get a diploma just to answer Oprahs questions correctly and legibly. The only thing she knows how to do is make divisive comments to separate large groups of people and dress a moose, maybe put lipstick on a pit bull.

    December 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. palin just go away!

    oh jeez. he said, she said. back to this subject AGAIN. c'mon....please put some articles on here about worthwhile people. And not Sarah Palin.....

    December 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. lescroc

    Oprah is not GOOD enough to have Sarah on her show! Sarah is to inportant to go on the sleezey show of OPRAH! OPRAH go away, we dont want you, we dont like you.

    December 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Jen Canada


    December 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. palin just go away!

    what waste of an article. more boring Sarah talk. So many other worthwhile people in this world, and we have to hear about her.

    December 8, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Larry

    Sarah is so very cool,she can call her own shots,if she hasn't won you over yet,she will-well maybe not everybody. I doubt if you will ever like her if :you don't like moms,you are against close families,you do not like high achievers,you do not like good looking women,you are looking for hand outs,etc.

    December 8, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. LISA O

    Whether she did or did not. I am just glad that I don't have to endure more of her dumbness. Good riddance!

    December 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Toni

    This is so funny. Does anybody really think Oprah is moping about, ringing her hands because she feels snubbed by Sarah Palin?? Come on!

    December 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. Concerned GA voter

    I doubt Oprah really wants her on the show...Palin is just not intelligent enough to sit and have a coherent converstaion with anyone of Oprah's status..Sarah, please go back to college and bone up for 2016!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Erick in Alabama, for Obama

    Lee, you're LYING!She is talking to those that will agree with her.That lady questioning Biden was a conservative and her husband was co chair of the state's GOP. She was asking stupid questions, while Couric and others asked honest questions but Palin was too ignorant to understand. It's an odvious snub as Oprah endorsed Obama. Get over it GOP! Obama now, and as of January 20, 2009, it'll be President Obama!

    December 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Geez

    Palin needs a few more years of hooked on phonics. She may be giving alot of interviews, but she sure isnt saying much!

    December 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Diana

    Ha Ha Fox is slanted the Republican way and all the others are slanted the Democratic way so dont talk.....whats so special about Oprah I don't think she is anything great and Palin should go with who treated her with diginity and I for one hope she doesnt go on Oprah"s show

    December 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Daniel

    Who cares about Palin. I think we all know everything we ever want to know about her. I'm fed up. The people voted against her. What more do we need to her from Sarah about??

    December 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Lynn in NM

    Palin SHOULD snub Oprah! Ignore Oprah. After Tom Cruise, she isn't what she used to be.

    December 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. beantown

    Oprah doesn't need Palin. Palin doesn't need Oprah. What would be the point of an interview?

    December 8, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Nature

    It is all imperfect human nature, as Oprah herself, David Letterman, Bill Maher, Barbara Streissand and Barack Obama, who is addicted to nicotine. If he is in the public eye, he should feel little responsible, how can parents tell their kids not smoke while the commander-in-chief is an example right before their very eyes, at least be responsibel to his own children and spouse, and friends. He looked right into the eyes of Tom Brokaw, on public television, and said he already quit smoking, really?? Where there is a will, there is success... in quiting smoking, in the information age everyone knows the harmful effect of nicotine, statistically. If he has nothing to hide, so why shouldn't he show his birth-certificate to the whole world, on television and in newspapers, the American people want to know about all pubilc figures??

    December 8, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. Kora

    Hi Tim, your spelling skills are horrible, I definitely know who you voted for. How difficult is it to spell Oprah. If you are mad because Palin didn't win then you are clearly very stupid. Anyone who supported that woman (notice here I focus on Palin and not McCain), is ignorant as hell. She is a human being, she is allowed to support whoever the hell she wishes to.

    December 8, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Blue

    Just as was declared last week, Oprah trying to get attention with the same kind of gross allegations without any support for such wild claims like Star Jones or Ba wa Walters and others who have taken to accusations without merit, you know, like Rosie. All attempts for falling numbers.

    Sounds like Tyra's numbers must be on the rise more! lol

    December 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. Fed up wiht Palin and GOP

    Tim and Bill, you suck! Why bring up race? NO ONE has but YOU?! That's why the GOP are losing, because they focus on older white peole rather than Americans.

    December 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Bad move for Oprah to call Sarah----

    It will look like beauty and the beast if the "Thrilla from Wasilla" shows up-

    December 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. John

    Dont care how much money Oprah has it cant buy happiness.....but Sarah.... well...shes got it that what everyone who doesn't like her is ticked off about

    December 8, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Pat

    Sarah Palin resonates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I know you "new-age" YOUNGSTERS don't like that - but too bad!

    Sarah is all about CHOICE - NOT about DOGMA (you youngsters DO know what that word means - don't you? - no, don't think you do, actually - too bad!)

    December 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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