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Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Longtime pal Gayle King said Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, although she said it’s still unclear whether the media mogul is seriously considering a run.

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“I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” King said on “CBS This Morning.”

“She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way, but I don’t think she’s actively considering it.”

Two of Winfrey’s friends, who were not identified, told CNN on Monday that she was “actively thinking” about running for president. Her long-time partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that Winfrey “would absolutely do it."

"It's up to the people," he added.

King said Tuesday that she thought Graham misunderstood the Times reporter’s question.

“He thought the reporter said to him, ‘Would she make a good president?’ And he said, ‘Absolutely she would,’” King said. “That's how he interpreted the question, because this is the thing. Stedman would never so cavalierly say absolutely she would do it. It's up to the people. He would never do that.”

Winfrey fueled speculation that she could look to mount a campaign in a rousing, nearly 10-minute speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday. Still, she denied having any presidential ambitions while speaking with a Bloomberg News reporter backstage at the awards show.

She was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her contributions to the entertainment industry and used her time onstage to address the “#MeToo” movement. The movement has encouraged more women to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon," Winfrey said. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again.”

King, who was at the Golden Globes when Winfrey gave her speech, described being in the room as “electrifying.”

“It was the right person giving the right speech at the right time,” she said. “She wanted that moment to be more than women wearing black dresses of solidarity. She really did want to speak to young girls around the country. She really did want to say, ‘Enough already,’ and I think she delivered on all that in a very eloquent way. Will she run for president? I think it's a very, very intriguing idea myself."

Rocker John Mellencamp’s daughter joins cast of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” recently returned for its eighth season, which features a new face whose famous father you probably recognize.

Meet Teddi Mellencamp, the newest “RHOBH” cast member, and the daughter of the legendary rocker John Mellencamp.

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“I’m straightforward and I tell it like it is,” the 26-year-old said when she talked to PEOPLE about her new career as a reality TV star. “And I love learning about everybody from different cultures, different lifestyles, whatever it is. How could I turn it down?”

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Mellencamp, who also earns a living as a wellness accountability coach, had some advice for anyone who came into 2018 with a bunch of New Year’s resolutions:

“People say, ‘I’m going to tell myself to do this and I’m going to do it every day for a year,’” she recently explained to Page Six. “Of course that’s not gonna happen, and of course things are going to fall off the tracks and then you know what you’re gonna feel? Guilty.”

Teddi, who has two kids — Cruz, 3, and Slate, 5 — with her husband, also spoke about her own body image issues.

“I was still significantly larger than I had ever been,” she told Page Six. “I realized I’m complaining to my husband, I’m complaining to my friends, and I’m not doing anything about it, it was that moment where I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m looking for someone else to change something that I need to change.’”

“Then I became that person,” changing her mindset and making a career out of motivating others to stick to their goals.

>> Related: Winona Ryder’s performance in L’Oreal commercial earns praise 

If she’s as good at being a reality TV star as she is a losing weight, this “RHOBH” gig could make her the next big thing in television.

Stephen Hawking turns 76; How has he survived ALS for more than 50 years?

Acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking turned 76 Monday, beating the odds and outliving most people diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, by decades.

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Hawking was diagnosed with progressive and degenerative motor neurone disease in 1963 when he was 21 years old, according to Hawking.org, and given just two years to live by doctors.

He’s defied those odds by more than 50 years, but it’s not exactly clear why Hawking has survived almost a full lifetime, when most patients diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) live no more than roughly three years after diagnosis, according to the ALS Association.

It could have something to do with the age he was diagnosed. Most people develop the illness, which impairs the function of nerves and muscles, between 55 and 75, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) reports. Those diagnosed with the disease at a younger age tend to live longer, according to ALS studies. 

Genetics may also play a role in Hawking’s lengthy survival, Live Science reported.

There is no cure for ALS, but there are several FDA-approved drugs that can extend life expectancy by about six months, according to Live Science, which doesn’t explain Hawking’s long survival with the disease.

>> Related: Gene Wilder’s widow opens up about actor’s battle with Alzheimer’s Disease

While the illness may have forced Hawking into a wheelchair and left him voiceless with his only means of communication through a computer, it never slowed down his intellect  or genius and, if anything, seemed to accelerate his scientific drive and ambition. He spent 30 years as a professor at Cambridge, and, in addition to his scientific accomplishments, he’s also a prolific writer and penned one of the most iconic books of the 20th century “A Brief History of Time.”

Winona Ryder’s performance in L’Oreal commercial earns praise

“Stranger Things” star Winona Ryder blew fans away during Sunday evening’s Golden Globes awards ceremony -- but not because of any thing that happened at the actual event.

Ryder was able to set social media ablaze thanks to her appearance in a series of commercials for L’Oreal Paris hair products that aired throughout the night. 

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“Everyone loves a comeback,” text that appeared on screen during the commercial read. “Damaged hair deserves one too.”

The actress’s face is concealed until the last 20 seconds of the 60-second advertisement, and it was the reveal that excited many on social media.

AdAge reported that the commercial represents Ryder’s journey from her first Golden Globe win for “Age of Innocence” to her arrest for shopliftin in 2003 to her comeback, thanks to Netflix’s sci-fi/horror drama “Stranger Things.” 

“We thought it would be great to celebrate timely comeback stories about women who are back on top of the world,” Sean Bryan, co-chief creative officer of advertising company McCann told AdAge. “And there was nobody better to start with than Winona Ryder.:

Last year, Ryder admitted that she was bullied after starring in the ’80s classic Tim Burton film “Beetlejuice.”

In an interview with Marie Claire UK, she said that her peers called her a “witch” despite the insane popularity of the film.

“I remember thinking, ‘Ooh, it’s, like, the number-one movie. This is going to make things great at school,’” Ryder said. “But it made things worse. They called me a witch.”

Ryder went on to win a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1993 Martin Scorsese film “The Age of Innocence,” and she’s had roles in films like “Edward Scissorhands,” “Heathers,” “Girl, Interrupted” and “Black Swan.”

Iman shares photos of late husband David Bowie on what would have been his 71st birthday

Jan. 8 marks what would have been the 71st birthday of late singer David Bowie. His family is celebrating with tributes to him on social media.

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His widow, supermodel Iman, was among the first to celebrate her husband by posting a few rare photos from his childhood on Instagram.

“1947-Forever #BowieForever,” she wrote alongside the photo of Bowie as a 10-month-old toddler.

Fans reacted to the rare photo of baby Bowie in the comments section and sent their love and “happy birthday” wishes to the singer.

“Happy Birthday Starman #forever ,” one fan wrote.

Another added, “Love you, Iman. You and the family are always in my thoughts and prayers. Happy birthday David! Sending my love.”

Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, shared a post on Twitter in honor of his father’s birthday.

“Eighth of January again. A strange feeling for me. I know how excited dad was to have a grandson on the way, & I made this card for his birthday having told him a month earlier he was going to be a grandad. Makes me smile at our shared goofy sense of humour. Happy birthday dad!” he wrote alongside a cartoon of three generations of men holding each other up that he designed himself.

Related: Legendary musician David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

Six months after his father’s death, Jones welcomed a son, Stenton David Jones, on July 10, 2016. Jones and his wife, Rodene Ronquillo, decided on the David in honor of Bowie, who was born David Robert Jones. They decided on the name Stenton to pay tribute to Jones’s grandfather, Haywood Stenton Jones.

Bowie died on Jan. 10, 2016 after a private battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

He is survived by his son, Duncan Jones, his daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones and his wife, supermodel Iman.

Pink to perform national anthem at Super Bowl 2018

Pink is being given the honor of opening the 2018 Super Bowl next month by performing the national anthem.

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WCCO reported that the appearance at the Super Bowl will be the first for the “What About Us” singer. Variety reported that the NFL announced Monday that Pink will sing the national anthem.

Pink’s performance in Minneapolis will air before kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 4.

After her Super Bowl performance, Pink will begin her Beautiful Trauma World Tour March 1 in Phoenix.

Previously, Justin Timberlake was announced as the halftime performer for the 2018 Super Bowl

NBC deletes tweet honoring Oprah Winfrey as 'our future president'

NBC deleted a tweet and issued a statement of clarification Monday after a message posted on its official, verified Twitter account saluted Oprah Winfrey as “our future president.”

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“A tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast,” the statement said. “It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.”

President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., slammed NBC’s deleted tweet as evidence of media bias against his father, which he said “is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it.”

Lots of people are speculating that Winfrey could have political aspirations following her inspiring speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

She’s delivered powerful oratories in Atlanta – where her OWN series “Greenleaf” films and where her HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” was shot.

>> Related: Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner Stedman Graham says 

“You’re nothing if you’re not the truth,” she said during her 2017 commencement address at Agnes Scott College. “I’ve made a living, I’ve made a life – I’ve made a fortune, really – all good! – from being true to myself. If I can leave you with any message today: The biggest reward is not financial benefits, though it’s really good, you can get a lot of great shoes! Those of you who have a lot of shoes know having a closet full of shoes doesn’t fill up your life. Living a life of substance can. Substance through your service.”

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In November, she surprised Ron Clark Academy with a $5 million gift.

Clark caught her eye in the year 2000, when he was named the Disney American Teacher of the Year. He visited her daytime talk show a few years later, to promote his book “The Essential 55.”

With her powerful endorsement, the book became a best-seller. He used the resulting proceeds to fund the purchase of an old factory that became the Ron Clark Academy.

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“I’ve never known another human being with such drive, such courage, such passion, in the face of everybody going.. what? You are a true guiding light for so many,” Winfrey said. “What I love about you, the reason I say yes every darn time, you are doing what you are meant to be doing. You didn’t just answer your call, you answered God’s call. Most people are deaf, they don’t hear it. Ron heard it and answered the call.”

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner Stedman Graham says

Update 10:25 a.m. Jan. 8: Two friends, who were not identified, told CNN on Monday that Oprah Winfrey is "actively thinking" about running for president.

Friends have been urging her to run for office for months, according to the news station. A friend emphasized Monday to CNN that “Winfrey has not made up her mind about running.”

Original report: Would Oprah Winfrey ever run for president? It's a possibility, according to her partner, Stedman Graham.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

"It's up to the people," Graham, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. "She would absolutely do it."

>> Golden Globes 2018: Why did stars wear black? Ceremony tackled political, social issues

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

Graham's remarks came as Winfrey's fans flocked to social media to praise her Golden Globes speech.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globes red carpet

"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon," Winfrey said as she became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again. 

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

Soon afterward, #Oprah2020 became a top trending topic on Twitter.

But don't get too excited, fans. When a Bloomberg reporter asked Winfrey about the trending hashtag Sunday night, she denied that she plans to run. 

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"I don't; I don't," she said, according to the report.

We'll just have to wait and see.

Golden Globes 2018: Why did stars wear black? Ceremony tackled political, social issues

The Golden Globe Awards, often a night of silliness running up to the Oscars, took on a much darker tone this year, both literally and figuratively.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

“Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen,” began host Seth Meyers, addressing a ballroom full of entertainers wearing black in a show of solidarity stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and other sexual assault and harassment allegations rocking Hollywood for months now. “It’s 2018. Marijuana’s finally allowed and sexual harassment isn’t.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globes red carpet

The red carpet protest came after some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Meryl Streep, launched the #TimesUp campaign, a "unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere."

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"From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live," reads the website of the campaign inspired by #MeToo. 

Meyers’ monologue rarely strayed from social awareness and political commentary, and the intersection of serious and satire was sometimes cringe-inducing.

>> Carol Burnett takes stage with Jennifer Aniston, brings Golden Globes audience to its feet

“For the male nominees, this will be the first time in months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud,” he said in an attempt to add levity. A “Get Out” joke later fell pretty flat.

Remarks from presenters and award winners and posts tweeted ahead of time underscored the more serious nature of this year’s ceremony.

>> Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban harmonize at the Golden Globes

“This character I played represents something that’s at the center of our conversation: abuse,” said actress Nicole Kidman after claiming best actress/limited series honors for “Big Little Lies.” “I do believe and hope that we can elicit change.”

Mariah Carey, among those conferring honors, expressed thoughts on Twitter before the show started:

During his opener, Meyers was if nothing else self-effacing and self-aware.

“I’m a man with absolutely no power in Hollywood. I’m not even the most powerful Seth in the room tonight,” he said, pointing to Seth Rogen and pivoting to politics. “Hey, remember when he was the guy making trouble in North Korea?”

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That set up a joke about how the “Hollywood Foreign Press” Association combined President Donald Trump’s three least favorite words, other than “Hillary, Mexico and salad.”

Meyers didn’t shy away from the origin of the #MeToo movement.

“Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight. I’ve heard rumors he’s crazy and difficult to work with,” he said of the disgraced mogul whose career collapse preceded a number of other prominent denouements.

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

“I hear they’re doing another series of ‘House of Cards.’ Is Christopher Plummer available for that, too?” he said, a reference to Plummer stepping in at the last moment to play J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World.” Kevin Spacey was supposed to play the role but was fired from that project and the Netflix series amid a series of abuse allegations.

“I sure hope (Plummer) can do a Southern accent,” Meyers said. “Kevin Spacey sure couldn’t.”

Meyers’ monologue felt shorter than some of his predecessors’ and far more somber. He concluded by acknowledging viewers might see the ballroom full of wealthy, beautiful stars professing allegiance to social justice from a cosseted, lofty perch.

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“Everyone in this room knows Hollywood is so much more than that,” he said, noting that most people on film sets work unglamorous jobs and got there by virtue of hard work, not powerful connections. “Those people aren’t there thanks to their rich dad.”

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report

Carol Burnett takes stage with Jennifer Aniston, brings Golden Globes audience to its feet

Carol Burnett’s mere presence on stage at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards brought the entire audience to its feet.

Burnett, 84, is a Hollywood legend whose career spans six decades. She is probably most known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which began in 1967.

She walked onstage alongside Jennifer Aniston to introduce the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

The comic legend couldn’t let her moment on stage pass without cracking a joke.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

“On a night when so many people, all of their dreams will come true tonight, so has mine, because I get to present with my idol, the amazing Carol Burnett,” said Aniston.

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

“That is really, that’s so sweet,” said Burnett. “You know, I’m happy that you’re coming back to television, because ‘Will and Grace’ was one of my favorite shows.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards red carpet

The audience erupted into laughter, and when Aniston tried to correct her, Burnett said, “I’m just kidding.”

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Before they even announced the winner, Aniston got to get back at Burnett by asking to tug Burnett’s ear, which Burnett called “kinky.”

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“It was everything, everything, thank you,” Aniston said of the act.

“As I said, she’s kinky!” Burnett said.

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