America’s den mother Oprah Winfrey stone cold called it earlier this year, recalling that her request last year for an interview was turned down by wilderness governor Sarah Palin. The talk show empress, upon hearing about Palin’s memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” said, “Maybe she’ll talk to me now that she has a book deal.”
And that, in fact, is what has happened. Palin, out of work after quitting as governor of Alaska, will sit down with Oprah on Nov. 16. Palin will appear in part to promote her book, which will be released that week.
It is so far the only interview announced this fall for the former vice presidential candidate, and it will be her first time on “Oprah.”
It’s unlikely she’ll appear of Letterman, for example, where a recurring bit has been “Things More Fun Than Reading the Sarah Palin Memoir” (No. 61, getting run over by a lawn mower; No. 14, driving into a tree; No. 45, walking into traffic).
As The Washington Post reports, industry navel gazers speculated Oprah had turned off some of her conservative viewers when she not only endorsed then presidential candidate Barack Obama but even campaigned for him.
It was the first time Oprah had publicly endorsed a political candidate. At the time, Oprah told CNN’s Larry King she did it because “what (Obama) stands for” was “worth me going out on a limb for.”
San Jose Mercury News