Oprah Winfrey confirms she won't run for president

Oprah Winfrey has confirmed she won't be running for US president in 2020.

On Friday (NZ time) CBS This Morning aired part of Ms Winfrey's 60 Minutes Overtime segment where she discussed her decision.

"I am actually humbled by the fact that people think that I could be a leader of the free world, but it's just not in my spirit," Ms Winfrey told 60 Minutes Overtime journalist Ann Silvio.

"It's not in my DNA."

The chat show queen sparked rumours she could stand after a powerful speech made at January's Golden Globes awards ceremony.

"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!" she said.

"And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight."

Immediately after the speech, the hashtag #Oprah2020 began trending on Twitter, with many taking "a new day" as a signal towards a declaration for candidacy.

And two anonymous sources close to Ms Winfrey told CNN she is "actively thinking" about running for president.

This was backed up by her long term partner, Stedman Graham, who told the LA Times she would "absolutely do it."

However Ms Winfrey had earlier downplayed the rumours.

"I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That's not for me," she told Style magazine in January.


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