Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has said it would be "troublingly dystopian" to have Oprah Winfrey running for president against Donald Trump in the next U.S. election.
Gayle King, an associate of Ms Winfrey, said earlier today that there was no change in Ms Winfrey's past position - that she is not interested in running for president.
Mr Trump declared on Tuesday that he thinks he could beat Winfrey in a race to the White House.
Even so, for Democrats in early voting states, and perhaps for a public that largely disapproves of Trump's job performance, the notion of a popular media figure as a presidential candidate is not as unusual as it once seemed.
After NBC openly endorsed Oprah for president during Sunday night's Golden Globes, the network scrambled to blame the overt bias on the proverbial "third-party agency".
In her acceptance speech, Nicole Kidman - who also stars in and ex ecutive produces "Big Little Lies" - paid tribute to her co-stars and said the award was "ours to share".
"Look, it's ridiculous - and I get that", said Brad Anderson, Barack Obama's 2012 Iowa campaign director, who supports the idea of Winfrey running.
"His tie was white and of course his skin was black and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that", Winfrey said. Winfrey in her speech at the Golden Globes highlighted Taylor's story, put it into the context of the larger national conversation about sexual assault, and connected it to a new group called "Times Up", which aims to end sexual violence and harassment.
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Her longtime partner Stedman Graham offered hope to fans when he told the L.A. Times, "It's up to the people".
"I know her very well", he said, before adding: "I don't think she's going to run".
Sanders was also questioned about a tweet from Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump praising Winfrey's Golden Globes speech. Let's all come together, women & men, & say #TIMESUP!
Reese was also asked to introduce Oprah Winfrey, who collected the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the event.
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.
"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men", Winfrey said. "I'd love to have Oprah".
Late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel said Monday that he preferred Winfrey to Trump. Oprah would always be my first choice. I want her to run for president.
As her longtime partner Stedman Graham watched from the audience, she told the story of a black woman from Alabama named Recy Taylor, who died at the age of 97 on December 28, 2017, and her fight for justice after her rape by six white men in 1944. That could soften what Palmieri describes as an enduring resistance among some voters to women with political ambition.