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. Jimbob

    This governor is such a moron. He has learned that if he is able to drag this on long enough the legislature will probably loose its' will and he will survive his term.

    The people of Illinois need to wake up and take control of their elected officials...all of them. Start ousting everyone of them when their term is up and they run for re-election.

    The only thing worse than Gov Blago is the entire state legislature of California!

    January 26, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Karl

    Insiders say that he was not thinking of offering that position to her. He's simply dropping her name like he did yesterday with Martin Luther King, Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. This guy is a slush-bucket.

    January 26, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. tk in IL

    Who give's a rat's rear? 85% of the public feels she would NOT make a good senate representative of the people of IL.

    January 26, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. southern_belle

    I voted for THAT ONE, but no way on Oprah for senator. She is too busy worrying about whether her diamond earrings are showing up on camera well enough. Please. It's too early in the week to vomit!

    January 26, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. GuyInVA

    Nonsense! Next you'll tell me that Gov Paterson in New York was considering a famously named woman with little to no practical experience. Hogwash!

    January 26, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. PLM

    If he's telling the truth (which he may or may not be allergic to) then he's a bigger moron or more mentally ill than I had first believed of him.

    January 26, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. No incumbents 2010

    Now I have to get on the band wagon. Baglo really is insane.

    January 26, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Dennis

    I can't believe some people think Palin is annoying when Oprah is still out there. There isn't a more annoying person in this world.

    January 26, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. gt

    Blaogo should be impeaced for even thinking to name Opra to a sen seat,,,,what is wrong with this country

    January 26, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Rachel

    Talk about grasping at straws!!!. That's a good one Blago!! What a brown noser. Did he think by saying this that Oprah was going to come save him because she'd be so flattered? I think not. Oprah is doing good where she is at. She'd be foolish to accept a position from this clown and I don't think she is foolish. Running low on cash Blago?
    You need to face the music and quit the clowing around. No one is listening.

    January 26, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Hall for Obama


    Who cares if you are sick of Oprah, she is merely a talk show host and rich don't forget that little bit.

    January 26, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Bridgette-PA

    "Birthing Moment" – WTH are you still talking about birth records? Where is yours? Oh, I know, in CANADA awaiting for you to go back to spend the rest of your life there! Get Lost idiot!

    January 26, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Pete

    Where did my "Oprah is fat, she ate her ego" comment go?

    January 26, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. Steve

    Blah, blah, blah. What's striking is the different between the selfless and angelic Governor Blago we're now seeing, and the one recorded in the wire taps of a few months back.

    Even though he's trying to appear innocent and guileless, the idea that he'd appoint Oprah "because she helped Obama in significant ways" shows his true nature. He shouldn't be thinking about appointing someone because of how they helped a politician, but instead for how well they'll serve the people of the state.

    Governor Blago should really be spending time with his lawyers (if he could actually hold on to one) preparing for his defense. Trying to sway the upcoming trial in the media has absolutely no value, and probably just makes matters worse for him. He should stop talking in public. He's only adding fuel to the evidentiary fire.

    January 26, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    What a freak show Blagojevich is! He'd say anything to get attention and to confuse the issues of his impeachment and (one can hope) criminal conviction...

    Oprah has nothing to do with his comments and no dummy - she's certainly smart enough to realize that she makes more of a difference in her current job than in politics.

    On a sidenote: I'm amazed at the morons who believe EVERYTHING they read online and are still convinced that President Obama is A) the anti-christ; B) a terrorist/socialist/whatever; and/or C) wasn't eligible for the presidency for some birth reason...

    Right up there with Roswell, NM UFO theories. Get a grip, get over it and move on. We have REAL problems to deal with.

    January 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. john w

    i feel that Barry Obama would probably be a better Senator than Oprah.

    January 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. MOM OF 7

    Sounds bi-polar to me!

    January 26, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. yasmine

    somebody stop the train-wreck that is Blogo

    January 26, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Jury Pool

    Maybe he's trying to set up an insanity defence?

    January 26, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Joe Green

    If you are already a God, why would you want to be a mere Senator.

    January 26, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Frost

    Why would she take a pay cut?

    January 26, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. lanray

    who would appear on the front cover of her "O" magazine if she were senator? that would surely affect her already gigantic ego. she needs to stay home and count her money and pose for other photos for the cover of this slick and boring publication.

    January 26, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. An Independent Hillary

    Barney The Purple Dinosaur pleeze 🙂

    January 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Tannim

    OOH, OOH! Can we make Dr. Phil the Press Secretary, and Judge Judy the Attorney General, too???

    Can we, Can we, Can we???

    January 26, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. Erika, KS

    Oh, I just bet, she's shocked. What an idiot Blago is. She was probably in cahoots with him since Obama didn't name her to a post.

    January 26, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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