Winfrey has consistently rejected the idea of running for president in recent months.
“I went into prayer: ‘God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it,'” she told People. “And I haven’t gotten that.”
Colbert asked Winfrey about the idea of running for president again, and “God” made an appearance on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater.
“Oprah, Stephen — what’s up?” an animated figure of “God” asked. “It’s God, everybody! Give it up for the Lord,” Colbert announced.
“I’m a huge fan,” “God” said to Winfrey, who replied, “That’s great to hear, I’m a big fan of yours too, God.”
“Wow, Oprah knows who I am?” the figure said. “I can’t wait to tell Jesus.”
“Is there something you’d like to tell Oprah?” Colbert hinted.
“I hear thou seekest a sign? Well, is this clear enough?” “God” asked while holding up a sign that read “Run!”
Winfrey laughed and said, “Run is now a part of my exercise routine, I can tell you that.”
The figure reappeared with an Oprah 2020 hat, T-shirt and sign.
“You asked for it — there it is Oprah. A big endorsement,” Colbert pointed out.
“It’s not something I’ve ever seen myself doing. It’s not the kind of job that you can have without fully devoting yourself to it 100 per cent,” Winfrey explained.
“Not really — have you seen this White House?” “God” said.
“God, take it from me, Oprah, it’s going to be OK,” she replied. “Everything’s going to be OK and I’m sure you’re going to find someone you’re just inspired by in 2020.”
Watch Winfrey on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the video above.
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