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Oprah Winfrey Talks Politics: "I Will Never Run for Public Office"

"That's a pretty definitive thing," the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks actress says

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    Oprah Winfrey says she has no intention on seeking public office.

    Oprah Winfrey has zero political ambitions.

    The TV titan host denied any speculation during an interview on The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast. "I will never run for public office," said Winfrey, who was promoting HBO's drama "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." "That's a pretty definitive thing," she said.

    Theoretically, does Winfrey think she could defeat President Donald Trump if he sought a second term in 2020? "I don't know. I don't know the answer to that," the 63-year-old talk show host said. "But, I'll never have to know the answer to that, because I will never run for public office."

    Trump said in 2009 that Winfrey would be his ideal running mate, predicting that the hypothetical ticket would "win easily." Winfrey supported Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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    At the moment, Winfrey is focused on her acting career. "I love this acting thing," she told Scott Feinberg. "I find that it opens me up and stimulates me in a way that absolutely nothing else does, because you get to not just read about a character--you actually get to explore the nature of another human being. So, that's really fascinating. 

    She's also crossed one item off her to-do list. "I'm not feeling Broadway anymore. I went to see Bette Midler and I realized I can't do that," Winfrey revealed. "Eight shows a week, that's a lot."