Oprah Winfrey has said she will not run for US president, after rumours she could stand against Donald Trump in 2020.
In an in-depth interview with InStyle magazine given three weeks before her famed Golden Globes speech, the 63-year-old talk show host said the presidency was “not something that interests me”.
“I actually saw a mug the other day,” she told the publication, when asked about the twitter trend #Oprah2020.
“I thought it was a cute mug. All you need is a mug and some campaign literature and a T-shirt.
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not.
“And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”
Shortly before the interview, Oprah’s house had been surrounded by the wildfires which devastated large parts of California.
Also this month, she received the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Globes, and gave an emotional speech tackling social issues from racism to sexism.
Rumours re-kindled online that Winfrey should and could run for president in 2020.
“Gayle (TV presenter Gayle King) – who knows me as well as I know myself practically – has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying: ‘When’s Oprah going to run?’,” she told InStyle magazine.
“I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”
But close friends said private discussions had been ongoing for months, adding that she was “actively thinking” about running.
Members of Winfrey’s inner circle, including her long-time partner Stedman Graham and Gayle King, have hinted she might consider a bid.
“It’s up to the people,” Mr Graham told the Los Angeles Times when asked about a possible campaign. “She would absolutely do it.”
Donald Trump said he did not think the actress and talk show host would run.
But he added: “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah. Oprah would be a lot of fun.
“I know her very well. You know, I did one of her last shows. She had Donald Trump, this was before politics, her last week. And she had Donald Trump and my family, it was very nice.
“No, I like Oprah, I don’t think she’s gonna run. I don’t think she’s gonna run. I know her very well.”