Oprah Never Said That Trump Would Be ‘The Best President,’ And How She Felt Returning To Acting

Oprah Winfrey did not endorse Donald Trump for president of the United States, despite rumors to the contrary, according to Snopes. Rumor has it that the 62-year-old media proprietor described the GOP front-runner as “the best president of my lifetime.”

It was an image, which had been circulating on social media since May, featuring Oprah Winfrey that triggered such rumors. The image also featured Oprah’s alleged quote, saying, “I believe Donald Trump will be the best president of my lifetime.”

However, attempts to find Oprah ever saying this, or anything remotely close to it about Trump, have failed. The image also includes the word “parody” in the upper left corner; it looked like it could be the name of the source, but it didn’t help to find any record of Oprah endorsing Trump.

In fact, Oprah’s social media accounts haven’t revealed any similar sentiments about Trump, either. And even her interview with Trump from nearly 30 years ago didn’t feature Winfrey making an endorsement. In the 1988 interview, Oprah asked if the real estate mogul planned on running for president, — back at the time it seemed like some kind of fiction — but she never said she thought he would be “the best president.”

In fact, the rumors of her endorsement have gone as far as naming Oprah as one of the potential running mates for Trump in his presidential campaign. The United States presidential election of 2016 is scheduled for November 8.

But, it was actually Trump himself who named Oprah as his running mate. In his 2015 interview with ABC, the Republican candidate said he would win “easily” if the 62-year-old talk show host was his running mate.

“I like Oprah. I mean, is that supposed to be a bad thing? I don’t think so.”

Oprah has not yet offered her support for any of the 2016 presidential election candidates. But, she did notably support President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election.

In other news, Oprah Winfrey felt very “good” returning to acting to star in her first TV show in decades, according to ET Online. In her interview with ET, the 62-year-old talk show host and philanthropist shared her thoughts about returning to acting after so long.

“Oh my gosh! It’s so good!”

Oprah also revealed that she liked the pilot to Greenleaf, the series that was created by Lost and Six Feet Under writer Craig Wright. In fact, Oprah liked it to the extent that she even signed on to executive produce the series, which will debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network on June 21.

This is Oprah’s first recurring TV role since Brewster Place in 1990. Oprah has also addressed viewers’ concerns about how the upcoming show might portray religion.

“I am never going to be disrespectful to the church. I can tell you that.”

Oprah, who grew up attending church, also adds that she will never be disrespectful to religion because it is “the rock and foundation of who I am.” She has also assured fans that just because she is using religion as a basis to tell stories about people who are “flawed” doesn’t mean she is going to be disrespectful toward it.

And even though Oprah plays Mavis, a blues club owner with a drinking problem, the actress herself doesn’t know a thing about blues, she admits in the interview. But, Oprah does know a lot about producing for television, which is why having her as an executive producer on Greenleaf is a major advantage for the series.

“I love the casting process! I love getting the little clips of people in their auditions. I like being involved.”

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