Saturday, September 6, 2008

Drudge may have taken out Oprah and Ellen/Tyra take advantage.

Politics: What has Drudge unleashed on Oprah? The snark on Obama is one thing but by pointing out she blocked Clarence Thomas he has made her out to be a partisan's partisan.

Oprah Winfrey may have introduced Democrat Barack Obama to the women of America -- but the talkshow queen is not rushing to embrace the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket!

Oprah's staff is sharply divided on the merits of booking Sarah Palin, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

"Half of her staff really wants Sarah Palin on," an insider explains. "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."

One executive close to Winfrey is warning any Palin ban could ignite a dramatic backlash!

It is not clear if Oprah has softened her position after watching Palin's historic convention speech.

Last year, Winfrey blocked an appearance by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, timed to a promotional tour of his autobiography.

Oprah and executive producer Sheri Salata, who has contributed thousands of dollars to Obama's campaign, refused requests for comment.

Tyra and Ellen are going to take advantage.

While "Oprah" has ruled out booking the presidential candidates for her talk show, Telepictures Productions' series "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Tyra Banks Show" are currently in discussions about booking the candidates for their programs, according to a company spokesperson.

With both shows preparing to launch new seasons this month, daytime talk shows remain a traditional and primary vehicle used to reach the key women's demographic that has become a hot spot during the electoral process.

Those talks take place as Oprah Winfrey said today she won't have candidates on her show. Her statement was prompted by a story on the Drudge Report saying her staff was divided about inviting Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin on the show as a guest.

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