Sarah Palin Eyeing Talk Show?

Wouldn't give Oprah a yes/no answer, but witnesses left with the impression she was considering it

By Mary Ann Ahern
|  Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009  |  Updated 5:32 PM CDT
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Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey might seem like an odd pairing, but they could help each other out when Palin appears on Winfrey's show next month.

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Sarah Palin is eyeing a talk show, according to audience members who witnessed the former VP candidate's interview with Oprah today.

Oprah asked Palin directly whether she wanted to get into the talk show business. Palin demurred and, according to audience members interviewed outside the studio, suggested she was considering the move. Palin did not give a direct yes or no answer.

In addition, at least one audience member noticed tension between Oprah and Palin.

Oprah " kept on her and on her," said Lauren Espie of Oprah's inquiries into Palin's plans to host a talk show.  But Palin "bluntly never responded."

Palin's Oprah interview is scheduled to air next week. Palin's book "Going Rogue" will be on store shelves next week. Though it's typical practice for Oprah to give her audience parting gifts, no one at the interview taping received a copy of the book.

Oprah did tell her first studio audience of the day that she was excited about meeting Palin for the first time.

"Sarah is a pro.  She's a pro and so is Oprah," said longtime Oprah pal and O Magazine editor Gayle King.

Oprah, who supported President Obama during his 2008 campaign, said last year she wouldn't have Palin on her show until after the election.  

Palin's Chicago visit has also stirred controversy with local GOP candidates. 

Senate hopeful Mark Kirk - who distanced himself from her last year - now has reached out asking for her support.  You betcha!

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