Oprah Winfrey will interview Barack Obama during a prime time ABC Christmas special.
During Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special, Winfrey will toss questions to the sitting president. During the conversation, the daytime host will chat with the first couple and take a tour of the White House. The special also will go behind the scenes as staffers prepare the White House for the Christmas season. The special marks the first time Winfrey has interviewed Obama since he took office. The prime time special will air on Sunday, December 13th at 10pm ET.
Winfrey has hosted prime time specials only rarely, most notably her 1993 interview with Michael Jackson at his estate.
Winfrey was an early advocate of Obama’s and endorsed him during the run-up to the presidential election last November and actually went on the campaign trail with him for some key states. She also attended Obama’s victory rally in Chicago along with the inauguration in January.
Winfrey recently announced that she will end her syndicated talk show in 2011 after 25 years on the air. She will focus on launching her cable network.
Although details are kept to a minimum, Winfrey, 55, is expected to create a new show on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network, in partnership with Discovery Communications. The network is scheduled to roll out in 2011 in about 75 million U.S. homes.
She was recently ranked No. 234 on a Forbes list of the world’s richest people, with an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion.
The National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 5pm on December 3rd at the White House, ten days prior to the “Christmas at the White House” special.
This year, you can view the lighting of The National Christmas Tree via a live webcast. Go to thenationaltree.org on December 3rd at 5pm ET to watch the entire show. Every performance, presenter and holiday festivity from the ceremony will be broadcast online for you to view from wherever you are.
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