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18th of July 2018

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Oprah insists she won't run for president, saying it would 'kill' her

American television mogul Oprah Winfrey has reiterated she will not run for president, saying it would "kill" her, drawing a line over speculation about a potential 2020 bid.

In an interview with British Vogue, the actress and producer again addressed the subject after much talk on whether she would eye the White House following a rousing speech at this year's Golden Globe awards.

That surged in January after a rousing speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony, in which she said "a new day is on the horizon."

Oprah Winfrey says running for president would kill her and she won't be facing off against US President Donald Trump. JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION/AP

Oprah Winfrey says running for president would kill her and she won't be facing off against US President Donald Trump.

"In that political structure - all the non-truths, the bull...t, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on - I feel like I could not exist," Winfrey told the magazine.

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She is featured on Vogue's August cover.

"I would not be able to do it. It's not a clean business. It would kill me."

Speculation about a Winfrey challenge to President Donald Trump surged in January after a rousing speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony, in which she said "a new day is on the horizon."

​Winfrey has made some other pretty definite denials of being interested.

In February, she told People magazine that the only thing that could make her run was a signal from above.

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"I had people - wealthy, billionaires  - calling me up and saying, 'I can get you a billion dollars. I can run your campaign,"' Winfrey told the magazine. "That many people saying something made me think, 'Am I at least supposed to look at the question?'"

Winfrey said she then "went into prayer."

"'God, if you think I'm supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it.' And I haven't gotten that," she said.

Around the same time, Winfrey elicited calls of "no" from the audience during a taping of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live when she said she was "definitely not running."

- AAP, with Washington Post

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