Talk show icon Oprah Winfrey distances herself from Dr. Oz’s Republican Senate bid

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Talk show titan Oprah Winfrey finally offered her thoughts on former protégé Dr. Mehmet Oz’s recently announced GOP Senate bid in Pennsylvania, deliberately distancing herself from the conservative cardiac surgeon’s campaign.

‘One of the great things about our democracy is that every citizen can decide to run for public office,’ Winfrey, 67, told New York magazine Tuesday in a brief but calculated statement from her spokesperson, Nicole Nichols. 

‘Mehmet Oz has made that decision. And now it’s up to the residents of Pennsylvania to decide who will represent them,’ the iconic host of The Oprah Winfrey Show asserted, offering no words of endorsement for her old pal who rocketed to fame as a regular guest on her program in the 2000s before landing his own show in 2009.

At the time, Winfrey dubbed the surgeon who appeared on regularly on the show to offer health and wellness advice as…

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