Oprah Winfrey responded to Donald Trump's hate tweet on Thursday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and admitted that she was working very hard not to look or sound insecure on 60 Minutes.
Shrug It Off
Winfrey addressed the tweet Trump posted after he watched her interview people about the country' political divide in 60 Minutes. The current U.S. President called the media mogul "insecure," which drew out a shrug and a confused look from Winfrey.
"What was like that for you to find out about that?" DeGeneres asked.
"I don't like giving negativity power, so I just thought, 'What?!'" Winfrey says in the video below.
She added that she even checked the tape to see if there was any truth to Trump's insinuation that her piece was biased and slanted. She revealed that she looked back at every tape to make sure that the questions raised during her segment in 60 Minutes were accurate. Winfrey says that she even called the producer to check for inaccuracies.
The 64-year-old philanthropist then reveals what goes on in the panel before the show gets aired. She says there is a lot of analyzing involved when doing 60 Minutes. There are people on the panel who critique every word in the piece.
"You sit in a room with at least seven other people who critique the piece before you air it, before you do the introduction to it, and then they give you the critique ... You have a whole panel of people looking at it whether it was fair," Winfrey tells DeGeneres.
One particular question caught the media proprietor's attention:
"Do you care what other people think about America?" Winfrey thought it did not get a "wide-ranging response" since it only used the Democratic side. She remembered Matt, one of the panel members said, "No, we're the only people that are worried about what other countries are thinking of us." So Winfrey decided to correct that question to make it more balanced.
"So I was working very hard to do the opposite of what I was hate tweeted about. So it's OK," Winfrey said.
Trump's Hate Tweet
On Monday, Trump called Winfrey "insecure" and claimed the questions in her 60 Minutes segment were biased, and the facts provided were incorrect. He also challenged the talk show host to run against him for president.
Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018<
Regardless, Trump sending hate tweets to those who question how he runs the country is nothing new. He usually categorizes any critique of his administration or of himself as untrue or bias.