NBC Deletes Tweet Calling Oprah ‘Future President’

“The tweet was sent out by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the live broadcast,” the network says in an statement

Last Updated: January 8, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

NBC has deleted a controversial Tweet launched during Sunday’s Golden Globe awards which seemingly called for Oprah Winfrey “our future president.”

In an official explanation, the network put them blame on a “third party agency,” they had used for live tweeting the broadcast.

“The tweet was sent out by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the live broadcast,” said NBC. “It is in reference to a joke made during the opening monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.”

The original post raised more than a few eyebrows online even during a very eventful ceremony on Sunday.

“Nothing but respect for OUR future president,” it said.

The tweet apparently was issued in response to a joke from Seth Meyers’ monologue from the evening, but talk of an Oprah presidency became very real after the star accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Winfrey is the first black woman to be given the prestigious honor.

In her much-discussed speech, Oprah praised the #MeToo movement, lauded the strides of women and minorities in entertainment and even defended the media. Though she has repeatedly ruled out a run for office, her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, caused a frenzy of new speculation after telling the L.A. Times she “would absolutely do it.”

President Trump himself has often lauded Winfrey as a possible contender for national office. Trump even speculated decades ago that if he ever pursued the White House, he would consider tapping Oprah as his vice president.

“I love Oprah. Oprah would always be my first choice,” he told Larry King in 1999.