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Oprah to Prez Pusher: "Not Gonna Do It"

10/14/2006 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Oprah Winfrey finally got through to the man who's been hounding her about running for President in 2008, and she told him that, despite his best efforts, she's just not going to try for the Oval Office.

According to retired Kansas City math teacher Patrick Crowe (in the New York Post), "[Oprah] got right to the bottom line. She said, 'Well I just want to let you know, I'm not going to do it.'" Crowe has relentlessly pushed for Oprah to run for the presidency for three years, so much so that Oprah's lawyers threatened legal action against him recently, though Winfrey told them to back off.

Winfrey, for her part, was "calm and peaceful" during the conversation, says Crowe, and thanked him for his efforts. But he asked Crowe to throw his enthusiasm and support towards Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, who is considered a likely candidate down the road.

Brangelina in Pune: Another Photog Claims Rough-Up

Chaos continues to ensue around Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as they film "A Mighty Heart" in Pune, India. Today, a photographer for the Associated Press, Gautam Singh, alleges that security guards on the set punched him and threatened him with a gun after he passed his business card to Jolie after she had finished shooting a scene on set.

Singh says that he approached Jolie, who was in a taxi, after the end of a shot and handed her his card, at which point two Indian guards and an American guard accosted him. One of the Indian guards, says Singh, punched him, and the other Indian guard drew a gun. The American did not participate in the alleged scuffle.

Jolie did not witness the incident, according to Singh, and her manager told the AP that Jolie did not own or control the set. He did not comment on the actual incident. This is the second incident surrounding the Jolie-Pitts and photographers in the region.

Lachey Jabs At Jess In Concert

Nick Lachey has been making light of his failed marriage to Jessica Simpson while on tour. According to Ben Widdicombe, after Lachey performed his song "I Can't Hate You Anymore" at the Borgata in Atlantic City recently, he added in an aside: "Well, maybe just a little." Gatecrasher's spies also report that Lachey's girlfriend, TRL host Vanessa Minillo, sang along to all her boyfriend's songs, and TMZ caught her later the next night looking a little love-struck after the after-gathering at TenJune. Lachey also told David Letterman last week that, despite the fact that it made them who they are today, doing MTV's "Newlyweds" was a dumb idea, at least for his marriage.

Party Favors: Orlando Won't Be Killed Off ... Katie Mulls Sign-Offs ... Jacko Pays $750K To Rowe

Disney bosses are denying Internet rumors that Orlando Bloom is going to be killed off in the fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, because, um wait, who said there was going to be a fourth movie at all? Disney says it hasn't agreed to do one, nor has it been cast ... Katie Couric says she's trying to figure out how to sign off on her CBS newscast, and that the suggestions have been pouring in after she asked for them on her first night. Her current fave? "Here kitty kitty kitty" and "Thanks for watching, I'm Katie Couric, and I'm not just for breakfast anymore" ... Michael Jackson paid $750,000 to settle his custody dispute with ex-wife Debbie Rowe, but a lawyer involved with the case tells the New York Post that Jackson will see his children with Rowe in Europe, rather than in the US.

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I cannot believe that Brangelina are getting away with the ill treatment of the Indian photographers. In the U.S. we have FREEDOM OF PRESS! This kind of abuse would end up in court and jail time to be served. So, they think they can go to a country with a lot less freedom and treat the press like sh*t? So, this is who Brangelina really are. Their true colors have come out. I thought they cared about humanity??? What a lie. They have only been going to Africa for PHOTO OPORTUNITIES. They are an embarrassment to the United States!!!!

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Ya, so brangelina had a baby in a poor country, and deployed the country's government security to protect them from pohotographers. Now they are actively beating them up with no provocation. AND, they failed to give promised donations to the schools and hospitals in those poor regions, even after they racked up a huge bill to their governments for PRIVATE SECURITY! And they pretend they are doing good, they should be absolutely ashamed.

2874 days ago


Angelina is not responsible for the behavior of her body guards who are there to protect her, any more than George W. Bush would be personally responsible for the actions of his secret service men in their actions to protect him. People who violate normal decency boundary rules need to take responsibility for the consequences they create.

Angelina is a human being and deserves to be able to ride in a car, or to walk in a street without being mobbed and manhandled.

2874 days ago


When was she manhandled??????????????????

2874 days ago


Angelina is absolutely responsible for what her bodyguards do, she hired them, they work for her...evidently she could care less, I read she sat reading a book when her driver hit a pedestrian. She is very insensitive for someone who tries to portray a caring humanitarian...

2874 days ago


Hey #1 and #2, Can you guys read? If yes, then try again.

>>security guards on the set punched him
Not one of her body guards.

>>Jolie did not witness the incident, according to Singh, and her manager told the AP that Jolie did not own or control the set.
She wasn't even there. This is TMZ trying to get poeple like you two to bite "the I hate Angelina apple",even when there is no ture story.

I'm sure this will continue now that TMZ knows it draws the hate posters to this site.

Ho hum!

2874 days ago


Looks like Nick is still not over Jess! Watch your back Vanessa!

2874 days ago

Alyn Brodsky    

Am I the only person on the planet who considers Oprah to be a vomitous piece of work?

2874 days ago


Hey # 8...............

No you are not.


2874 days ago


Angelina and Brad especailly Maddox appeared to be scared Brad leaned down and ask Maddox are you okay Bud and put his hand on Angelina knee they all seemed pretty scared Angelina and Brad seem concerned for Maddox how scary for them.
and for the jerk that say's their responsible for their bodyguard that's a crock a s----!!!!
they can't help who they are but all they want to do is show their son the sight's and the history of this Country no wonder the bodyguard has had it........

2874 days ago


as far as Nick having some feeling's left for Jessica guess again he found out that she was just a cheating whore and look at her she is now a joke.......

2874 days ago


Nick has to keep sniping at Jess to keep himself famous. Without that he wouldn't have the fans or the singing career. Look at all the reviews on his actual singing - without his tabloid personna he wouldn't fill a concert. He has to keep at Jess to keep himself famous. At least Jess doesn't use Nick to boost herself. She works hard herself, she has NEVER once used Nick as a scapegoat. He was said to have cheated on her - most people seem to forget that part. Marriage is a two-way street. Takes 2 people to make or break a marriage not only one. Nick is the one doing all the whining and sob stories so everyone will feel sorry for him.

2874 days ago


Why is it that the press seems to foret Nick's night out with strippers and that he was just as much a male whore before they were married.

Jessica Simpson should have never looked back the first time she got rid of him.

Nick must be taking lessons from Justin T, because when he needs press for his cd... he starts talking about or trashing Britney Spears.

Vanessa Minillo = Free Press

2874 days ago


Hey, another picture of Oprah with her mouth open. What a surprise. Get a picture of Oprah with her mouth closed and it will be worth a fortune.

Reject the cookie.

2874 days ago

Lenn K    

Oprah for president, for the love of God who in their right mind would think this. We all know Oprah is a friend of hollyweird and all the left wing socialist that are there. Also, We can't just be overly touchy to the terrorist and find out were they abused as kids. Plus the Gale thing might be true.

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