Oprah Reacts to Blago’s GMA Interview: ‘I Think I Could Be Senator, Too. I’m Just Not Interested.’

By Teddy Davis

Jan 26, 2009 11:45am

ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports:

Oprah Winfrey has weighed in on Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) telling ABC’s Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America" that Winfrey had been under consideration to fill Barack Obama’s seat in the United States Senate.

"I’m pretty amused by the whole thing," Winfrey told Gayle King’s Sirius satellite radio program. "My plan was to get up and watch ‘Good Morning America and work out. Then I thought: ‘Let me just lay here another half hour.’" 

"If I had been watching," she added, "as I (normally) watch, from the treadmill, I would have fallen off the treadmill."

Listen to Winfrey’s interview here.

Winfrey said she would not have been interested in the Senate seat that eventually went to former Attorney General Roland Burris.

"Absolutely not," said Winfrey when asked if she would have been interested. "I would have to say: where would I fit it in with my day job, my mid-day job, my night-job, my radio-job, my magazine job?"

When King, the interviewer and a close Winfrey friend, said she was flattered that people think Winfrey could be senator, the queen of day-time talk made it clear that she thought she was up to serving in the "World’s Greatest Deliberative Body."

"I think I could be senator, too, I’m just not interested," said Winfrey. "I think I could be senator, too."

h/t Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times.

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