'I absolutely don't think that her position has changed, ' she said Tuesday, though later added, "She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way'".
There, I said it. President Oprah or President The Rock or President Mark Zuckerberg or President Whoever-the-hell-else is the Trumpified extension of this process.
"Some of Winfrey's confidants have been privately urging her to run", the article reads.
Since Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday, where she gave an impassioned defense of abused women, told personal stories of her childhood and said a new day was on the horizon for women, speculation has increased about a bid.
Following the inspirational speech, "Oprah 2020" started trending on Twitter, as people wondered (and hoped) the star had plans on running for presidency in the next USA election.
But after her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award - an honorary award for outstanding contributions to entertainment - celebrities and social media users started to rally around the idea of a Winfrey presidential campaign.
Wondering aloud why those in Hollywood aren't praising Trump for the economy, the Fox News host shifted to offering up praise for Winfrey. Television host, actress, spokesperson, mogul, whatever you want to call her, she has power.
Winfrey's Golden Globes speech sparks talk of 2020 campaign
The 64-year-old media mogul has become a cultural phenomenon over the past 30-plus years, born into a poor home in MS but breaking through as a television news and talk show personality in the 1980s.
"Our country's getting its confidence back again", Trump said of his almost one year in office. Among them: Where does she stand on the issues? Maybe she'll play it by ear with a campaign announcement, too. "I mean, she's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman", Mr Trump told CNN's Larry King.
Beyond her rise from poverty, Winfrey's success as a multidimensional media figure has come from promoting ways for women to assert themselves, typically outside the political arena.
"To the media, the left in this country, Oprah apparently is their chosen one, she's the new messiah that they'll blindly worship and follow like the sheep they are", Hannity said. That could soften what Palmieri describes as an enduring resistance among some voters to women with political ambition.
"I have no problem with Oprah Winfrey".
Steve Peoples reported from NY.