January 26th, 2009
04:58 PM ET
7 years ago

Winfrey shocked over 'Senator Oprah' news

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/26/art.2oprah0126.gi.jpg caption="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. beachgirl

    What a looser this Blago is. Of course he NEVER considered Oprah for the Senator seat, he is just trying to get some symphathy from Oprah's audience!! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSER!!

    January 26, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    How much money did she offer pay him?

    January 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Canuck

    good. then will find out what a phoney O is.

    January 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. guy

    unbelievable... that's insane.

    January 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Mari


    January 26, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. demo in PA

    is this a joke?
    come on listen to this crap
    they want her in washington
    what a joke and i went to war for this country

    January 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Shaun Alexander

    This guy is freakin nuts! Obama wasn't even there for long and they're trying to rid of him already

    January 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. P. Y.

    It's obvious the man has mental problems. Why pick on Oprah ? She had nothing to do with his latest crazy comment.

    January 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Helene

    If the media stopped talking and raving about non entities like Palin and Blagosomething these morons would disappear first thing.

    January 26, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. RadianChalant

    Stay in the news. Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the news is better than seeing and hearing about Sarah Palin. Keep up the news Rod.

    January 26, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Idealist

    I have thought, more than once, that Oprah would bring many good things to the political arena. She is humanitarian, thinks 'outside the box' (very good thing!), is well connected, and has the financial wherewithall & connections to get things done!

    For now, I'm just glad that she's in a position to shine a light in the darkness!

    January 26, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Pam

    After this, there can't be anyone out there who doesn't think Blago is a complete wack job.

    January 26, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Ardee

    If Blago considered Oprah for the Senate seat, He should be impeached.........

    Makes no sense whatsoever.............

    January 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. JC in NC

    Amber....Absolutely right; he was just throwing out Oprah's name to grab a headline...same reason he mentioned King, Ghandi and Mandela! He is merely trying to string this thing out as long as he can, so that he can continue to draw a paycheck!

    January 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Jeremy

    lol... that's just what this country needs.. Arnold as governor of CA and Oprah as senator of IL...

    I have a great idea... next lets put Rambo as head of the military...stalone is probably looking for a job.

    January 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Debby, NJ

    Blago is just a complete IDIOT. He will say and do anything to stay in the spot light to try and avoid prison.

    January 26, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. Mike

    Why not Winfrey? She would fit right in having no experience and all but she wouldn't have taken the cut in salary.

    January 26, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. person

    ok, I love Oprah but even I am getting a little sick of her.

    January 26, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    What a huge joke!

    Senator Oprah?

    Don't make me gag!

    January 26, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Observant

    Amber, I agree, Blago is just trying to grab headlines. Besides, who would want Oprah as a Senator. I think she is a great person, but definitely not senator material.

    January 26, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Gallimimus

    This guy has no shame! He will do anything to get a buck! I seriously doubt he ever considered Oprah. Probably, just came up with it this weekend. Attention getting headline and all!

    January 26, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. person

    I cant believe people are still cryin that GOPS lost this yr, what did they expect after the atrocity of the last 8yrs??? there's still a lot of people who need to grow up on this blog site. Take some time & reflect how ridiculous you sound and yes stop listening to Limbaugh, he's not the messiah either.

    January 26, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. canadian pov

    I agree with Amber – its a bunch of BS that he is using on his media tour to deflect the attention. He should have been in court today not courting public opinion. He should hook up with Caribou Barbie. With his hair, he would make the perfect Corrupt Ken.

    January 26, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. M


    I love you, and you don't need to be a senator. You have accomplished more for the good of humanity and the state of Illinois than any politician could hope to. Keep doing what you are doing. We need you in the media; there is a lot more work to do in that area in terms of diversity, and make it look like America.

    January 26, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. D-MI

    I heard he was considering Richard Roundtree, Michael Jordan or Denzel Washington...

    No seriously. What?

    January 26, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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