Oprah Winfrey's new cable television channel will make its debut at noon ET on Saturday in 85 million homes across the U.S.
Running the Oprah Winfrey Network — OWN — is a challenge the 56-year-old media powerhouse relishes as her syndicated talk show nears its finale on Sept. 9, 2011, after an influential 25-year-run.
But other challenges she'll take on will not include pursuing a career in politics.
The talk show host, who threw her clout behind Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, said she will never seek political office. "Arrgghhh! The very idea of politics. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!" she said in a recent interview at her home near Santa Barbara.
Well if she is hoping to educate and inform I wish her well. But from the sounds of things it will be a democratic version of FoxNews. I still haven't forgiven her for the "Doctors" she has allowed to flourish...meh.
I have my doubts given this part of the story
Winfrey remains a steadfast supporter of Obama.
"He's doing a great job, and I don't use the term 'great' loosely," she said.
If, as it is expected, Obama seeks a second term in 2012, "I would do whatever they ask me to do," Winfrey said. "I'm open."
But she said she hasn't thought about how her new cable channel might figure in the U.S. national election.
"I'm really just trying to get on the air," she said. "I'm trying to think of the role OWN is going to play on Jan. 2, and the 3rd and the 4th."