Oprah 2020 might not be such a sure thing after all.
At Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, a joke made by host Seth Meyers citing Oprah Winfrey as the next president of the United States took on steam when the media mogul made a rousing (nay, presidential) acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award. Despite a ton of whole-hearted support on social media, someone very close to the star doesn’t think Winfrey is a likely candidate for the role.
“I was in the audience that day and it was clearly a joke… She was playing with David because they have such a great rapport,” said Winfrey’s best buddy Gayle King back in March, referencing an interview Winfrey did with with Bloomberg TV in which she commented that the recent election of TV star Donald Trump made her reconsider whether she, too, is an eligible candidate. “I would bet my first, second-born and any unborn children to come, that ain’t never happening. Never. I’ll say never on this one. Nevah, N-E-V-A-H. Nevah.”
Not all hope is lost, however, as Winfrey’s longtime partner Stedman Graham, told reporters on Sunday night, “It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it.” What’s more, on Monday morning, CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that she is “actively” considering running after being privately urged by several confidantes.
Winfrey won the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at this year’s Golden Globes. During her speech, she recalled watching Sidney Poitier win at the Golden Globes for 1964’s Lilies of the Field and how it was the first time she saw a black man celebrated on television. “It’s not lost on me that at this moment, there are little girls watching as I become the first black woman to receive this award,” Winfrey said. She went on to make a plea for the free press and noted that sexual misconduct affects women and men in industries that stretch beyond Hollywood before going on to recount the story of Recy Taylor, who was raped by a group of white men in Alabama in 1944, and warn abusive men that their time is up.
Winfrey closed her speech with a call for unity: “I want all the girls watching to know a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they are the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”