Shook Ones: Oprah Scared To Back Obama In 2012 For Fear Of Losing Viewers

- By Bossip Staff

Talk about b*tchassness… Oprah isn’t trying to fawk up her paper, even if it means messing up Barry-O’s chances at winning a second term.

According to Popeater reports, one TV insider says Oprah is feeling the pressure of her OWN network and its struggle to find an audience so much that she won’t do ANYTHING that might alienate potential viewers.

“Unlike in 2008, when a drop in ratings didn’t matter as much for the queen of TV, Oprah is now fighting every day to get people to tune into OWN,” the insider divulged. “Helping a friend keep the most important job in the world is great, but making sure her OWN network thrives is now her priority.”

Harpo’s “Oprah Show” favorable ratings reportedly dropped in 2008 from 74%-66% and unfavorable ratings went up from 17% to 26% after she publicly announced she was backing then-Illinois senator Barack Obama. Those ratings also showed her audience had fallen by nearly 2 million viewers since 2005.

Considering that OWN’s ratings aren’t that great right now to begin with — Harpo ain’t taking no chances.

Long story short — don’t expect to see Ms. Winfrey tagging along with Barry-O during the 2012 campaign.

We knew Oprah cared a lot about those white folks that keep her bread coming in, but this is just ridiculous. She could be passing on a huge opportunity to actually create some OWN content people give a damn about. Not to mention, use her influence for something worth a damn.



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