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Oprah Winfrey denies running for president

The talk show host spoke about her aspirations to take the Oval Office

Image Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2018, file photo, Oprah Winfrey poses in the press room with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Winfrey has visited the grave of a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention and whose story was highlighted in Winfrey's recent Golden Globes speech. Winfrey said in an Instagram post that on assignment for "60 Minutes," she ended up in the town of Abbeville, Ala., where Recy Taylor suffered injustice, endured and recently died. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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Lin-Manuel Miranda isn’t running for public office — and Oprah Winfrey definitely isn’t running for president.

The talk-show mogul made her lack of POTUS aspirations quite clear — and got a big laugh along the way — night at the Apollo Theatre in New York City, where she and the Hamilton auteur were chatting in a Supersoul Conversation and at least one person in the audience was memorialising the moment on video.

“The success of Hamilton has offered me a really big megaphone, that’s it,” Miranda said. “I’m not running for public office. I’m not —”

“I’m not either,” Winfrey said, leaning into her comment as she cut him off and gave the audience a definitive, you-know-what-I’m-talking-about look.

Of course, fans and those looking for a different kind of presidential candidate had been abuzz since the Golden Globes, where Winfrey accepted a Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award and delivered a rousing speech that many interpreted as a message that she had designs on the White House.

Miranda also said that Winfrey was the only person who could drag him away from his new son, Francisco, who was born last week.

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