Entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey halted the whispers of a rumored 2020 presidential run last month, and she said in a new interview that she was "just trying to give a good speech" when she lit up the Golden Globes while accepting a lifetime achievement award.
“I think I heard or read something that said ‘oh, doing that [Golden Globes] speech you must have known you were dipping your toe in the water of politics,’" Winfrey said. "Are you kidding me? I was just trying to give a good speech."
"I was looking for a way to express what was going on in this moment in terms of gender and class and race. I cared about landing that speech in the room," she told CBS News in the interview.
Winfrey said she hasn’t gotten any signs from the man upstairs telling her to run.
"I’ve never looked outside for other to tell me when I should be making a move,” she said. “And wouldn’t I know? Because if God actually wanted me to run, wouldn’t God kinda tell me? And I haven’t heard that.”
Aside from close friend and CBS anchor Gayle King telling her to consider it, Winfrey said potential campaign donors also pledged to lend their services.
"I had a lot of wealthy men calling, telling me that they would run my campaign and raise $1 billion for me," she said. "I think that when you have that many people whose opinions you value coming at you, it’s worthy of thinking about."
Winfrey has been seen by some in political circles as a tough match-up for President Donald Trump, who says he will run again in 2020. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said Winfrey could present “an existential threat” to Trump’s presidency.
Voters, however, see it differently. According to multiple polls after Winfrey’s Golden Globe speech, a majority of voters don’t think Winfrey should run for the White House.
Though she says she doesn’t have plans to run, Winfrey said she will still use her voice to help others.
"I do feel that I have a responsibility, as a person who has a big voice in this country, to use it to promote justice and kindness and goodwill in the world," Winfrey said. "But it has never felt to me that that was supposed to be political.”