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Oprah Caught Between Barack and a Hard Place

9/5/2008 11:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There is a war brewing behind the scenes at the Oprah Winfrey show, one that could force Oprah to break her allegiance with Barack Obama -- so Sarah Palin can get some face time.

According to the DrudgeReport.com, members of Oprah's sharply-divided staff are putting serious pressure on the talk show queen to book the first woman on a Republican ticket -- but not everybody is on-board.

A Winfrey insider tells Drudge, "Oprah's website is getting tons of requests to put her on, but Oprah and a couple of her top people are adamantly against it because of Obama."

But after Sarah's star-making coming-out party, how can Oprah NOT book her? Decisions... decisions...

So far, O's peeps refused to comment.

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Alex Will    

tell her to go on Fox News... We dont want her on Oprah!

2154 days ago
17.

artie help    

1ST COMMENT AJA YOU SOUND LIKE A MISINFORMED TWIT PLEASE STOP TALKING YOU/RE TAKING UP VALUABLE AIR. SINCERELY GAYLE KING.

2154 days ago
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Kristin    

Palin maybe the first woman to be listed on an election ticket; however, there is no need/desire for Oprah to put Palin on the show. I believe that Palin annoys most people, and many people are strongly opposed to her and what she says. Palin's speech on Wednesday was unbelievable, unbelievable in a sense of the lies she told and the idiot she is.

I stand behind Oprah and Obama.

2154 days ago
19.

Anita    

Oprah's show is privately owned and she can do what she wants. She has no obligation to put on Palin or anyone else. It is ironic that Oprah is a Black woman who made it in spite of the obstacles put in front of her by the conservative, white male power structure (remember she started in the 70s -- not 2008) and now they are crawling at her door begging her to do their bidding and promote their political choice. Oprah will ultimately take the high road and have Palin on her show, but remember that it is HER choice not their right.

2154 days ago
20.

Pragmatista    

Oprah,

Don't give this 'nutcase' Gov Sarah Palin a bulley pulpit. Stick to your guns. The media and the conservative right will call you a "flip-flopper" and a "Judas", do not sucuumb to the pressure. If you put her on your show, you might as well as have dug in your pockets and handed her 5 million dollars in free campaign ads.

2154 days ago
21.

Aja    

artie help - if it means robbing YOU of air, I'll talk louder and more often. That'll be reason enough for me.

2154 days ago
22.

Dale    

Bravo number 2..The people who are voting for Barack are not lookig at what he wants to do. Tthey are voting for him because he is black, in good shape and is a good speaker. Not a good reason people. But most people on this site are here because they are in love with the "pretty people".

2154 days ago
23.

oprah    

Hey #1: Wake up and smell the coffee....so you would rather prefer a socialist instead of a republican. DUMB mistake whoever voted for Obama

2154 days ago
24.

Kay    

Go for it, Oprah. Ask her the tough questions, like why she thinks the war in Iraq is an "Onward Christian Soldiers" event, or why it took her six years and five colleges to finish with a lesser four-year degree than she was aiming for originally.

2154 days ago
25.

Queen of the Damned    

I don't think Sarah Palin would want to go on Oprah, especially if she knows how close Oprah and Barack Obama are. Palin won't have a chance to bash Obama on that show.

2154 days ago
26.

Pam Green    

Oprah, Just sat NO !!!!!!

2154 days ago
27.

Tangie    

It's clear black people are going to vote for Obama because he is black. Goes to show how narrow minded they are.....remember OJ?

2154 days ago
28.

artie help    

Aja YOU ARE CLEARLY A KNUCKLEHEAD, i'M SORRY THAT I WOKE YOUR IGNORANT ARSE UP. NOW GO BACK TO SLEEP.

2154 days ago
29.

Im4Pacman    

The staff works for Oprah, not the other way around. When they get their own show, they can have whomever they want on it.

2154 days ago
30.

Roxy    

Oprah needs to go ahead and retire.

2154 days ago
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