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. nygranny

    Don't you all think that Blago said what he did for the attention? It's a perfect ploy to get more interview slots...The guy's not that stupid, dumb yeah, but not stupid and has been playing the media all along and getting all the headlines he wants....He's news like Sarah in Alaska is news, not worth the time of day but can sell a paper or air time.....

    January 26, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. drew

    Where is Blago's make up, funny red nose, and funny wig? It is obvious that this guy is a clown! I just hate knowing that the circus he works for is the US government!

    January 26, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Soccer Nana

    This man is delusional and you kool aid drinkers are taking all the gulps he is hoping you take. He is simply making things up as he gets closer to being impeached. He simply wants to "keep his name 'out there'".

    January 26, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Emmy U

    Blago you are jabbing. please face the facts. luck

    January 26, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. ashlee

    Oprah already has an ego bigger than California alone, this news will really put her over the top, even BF Gayle won't be able to put up with her.

    January 26, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Tina

    I'm confused by the comment left by "How much worse can it get?" There is no question that this is corruption, the only person questioning it is Blagojevich himself – it has nothing to do with Oprah or Obama, and the soon-to-be-former governor is merely now grasping at anything he can to stay relevant by throwing out Oprah's name, and failing miserably. I think the commentor is attempting 'a Blago' him or herself by making what he or she perceives to be an inflammatory comment.

    January 26, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Caroline

    okay, really tho?

    January 26, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. susie

    Oprah should have gotten the job – she paid a lot to Obama for it.

    January 26, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. susie

    Oprah should have gotten the job – she paid a lot to Obama for it.

    January 26, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Why would he coinsider her when she would have no intention to take the job.

    She has a business to run–and a SUCCESSFULL business at that!

    January 26, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. John

    And what exaclty is the BIG DEAL about this news? Regardless of what Blago tries, he screwed up his reputation since those wiretaps. Blago and his wife are so shameless to appear on Larry King Live. and Blago is who he is. His remarks on those wiretaps show a very disrespectful and greedy man. Political power is over for him, let him try other silent career areas. This news about him considering Oprah for senator are calculated, its a psychological tactic to attention away from the impeachment trial. And why are his lawyers resigning???

    January 26, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Mickie

    Oh please, don't we have enough celebrities in public office! How about someone who runs for office because they care about making a difference for the little people. Nothing against Oprah because she does a lot of good.

    January 26, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Peter

    Oprah is nice, but I dont want her as my senator

    January 26, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Don in Albuquerque

    Oprah would have done a better job then the nutball he sent.

    January 26, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Jaime H.

    Does he mean he considered to sell it to Oprah?

    January 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Straight Talk

    It's a sham meant to throw the spotlight off of Blago's wrongdoings. Can't everyone see that?

    January 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. 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 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    Me too.

    January 26, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Laverne

    She probably could get more done for the state of Illinois than all the rest put together!

    January 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. ConsiderThis, FL

    If you believe this crap, then I have a bridge for sale, at a real good price, on Mars that I'd like to sell you. The Governor is clearly implementing a PR strategy (stunt) for some diabolical reason.

    January 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Sheri

    Oprah is a talk show host. Need I say more. Oh Please!

    January 26, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    From Matthew

    "January 26th, 2009 3:55 pm ET

    I don't know what's funnier…Senator Oprah…or the though of Oprah actually using a treadmill…"

    Okay... that was funny. LOL!!

    Obama for 8 years!

    January 26, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Allan in ATL

    Boy, it's becoming clearer every day just what he's hiding on his forehead with that ball of hair; Horns! He's the Devil. He'll use anything or anyone to stay in the headlines.

    January 26, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Jeff

    No, no, not that! Please no, anything but that!

    January 26, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. char

    They are buying everything else. Why not Oprah. I'll bet she has all of her taxes paid.

    January 26, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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