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NBC Deleted A Controversial Tweet About Oprah Amid People Calling For Her To Run For President

"Nothing but respect for OUR future president"

Posted on January 8, 2018, at 3:15 p.m. ET

The Golden Globes happened on Sunday night, and there were really two big themes: Hollywood's reckoning with widespread sexual impropriety and Oprah's speech about it after accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

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The night began with host Seth Meyers jokingly discouraging Oprah from running for president in his opening monologue.

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"Oprah Winfrey is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award tonight. What a tremendous honor, for Cecil B. DeMille. And Oprah, while I have you, in 2011 I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — jokes about how he was unqualified to be president — and some have said that night convinced him to run. So if that’s true, I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president! You do not have what it takes!"

(NBC is an investor in BuzzFeed.)

Then, later, Oprah gave her award acceptance speech — and people online actually started calling for her to run for president in 2020.

I could definitely get behind @Oprah as the first woman President of the United States #Oprah

Wait maybe @Oprah really should run for president

Her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, even told the LA Times, “She would absolutely do it."

NBC published this tweet during the show:

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And by the next morning, the network was facing criticism for it, especially from the right and pro-Trump media.

In case anyone had any doubts about where the media stands this should take care of it. The bias against… https://t.co/AMgFzrlinj

Many argued it was why Trump calls the mainstream media — which reports stories critical of him — "fake news."

NBC promotes #Oprah for President then people wonder why Trump calls the media Fake News. How can a News organizati… https://t.co/Oq5KfbtguT

Typical NBC Liberal media blaming someone for else for their post! NBC = Never Been Correct! Oprah knew about Harv… https://t.co/EfYuIr6Gju

Some called it an "endorsement."

NBC Deletes Tweet Endorsing Oprah as "OUR President" https://t.co/bWOYb5eSdY

NBC deleted the original tweet, blaming it on a "third party agency" that was using the account during the Golden Globes.

Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment… https://t.co/yQefYd0XSC

Then they reportedly deleted the clarification tweet.

NBC deleted then reposted this apology for their Oprah tweet https://t.co/OG7SZsVo0i

Then they reposted the clarification, which said the original "OUR future president" was posted in response to Meyers' joke — and not Oprah's speech, when the 2020 talk really took off.

Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment… https://t.co/yQefYd0XSC

BuzzFeed News reached out to NBC for comment.

And remember, NBC is the network that made Trump mega-famous for running 15 seasons of The Apprentice.

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