Oprah Winfrey No Longer No.1

Sunday, April 13, 2008
Oprah Winfrey No Longer No.1

Oprah Winfrey has lost her title of being America’s No 1 talk show host to Ellen DeGeneres who hosts the popular day-time show Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The damage to Oprah’s popularity was caused after she pledged her support to presidential candidate Barack Obama. Political science staff at Fordham University in the US gathered results of various polls carried out since Winfrey pledged her support to Obama. They’ve found out that of the 1.35 million people who voted, 46 per cent said Ellen DeGeneres was the best host and only 19 per cent voted for Oprah Winfrey who earlier was called the queen of all talk shows.

Around 65 per cent of Americans changed their opinion about the queen after her announcement. It was reported that Winfrey apparently knew that her support to Obama would ruin her prospects yet she went ahead with her decision.

She was quoted by a US paper as saying, “For the very first time in my life, I feel compelled to stand up and speak out for the man who I believe has a new vision for America. I believe that Barack Obama will bring statesmanship to the White House. I believe that he will lead with strength, conviction, honour and compassion.”


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