Talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey has denied reports that United States presidential candidate Barack Obama has courted her to become the country's United Kingdom ambassador if he is elected to office next month.
Winfrey made her endorsement of the Democrat presidential hopeful last December - the first time she has ever publicly backed a presidential candidate.
And according to Britain's The Times newspaper, Winfrey's name rests among the top contenders for the post in an Obama administration - marking the first time a TV personality would be appointed to the position.
Former United Kingdom ambassador to the US Peter Jay tells the publication: "You need someone who is close enough to the president to interpret events and get a message back to Washington. It would send a clear message about the new administration."
But a spokesman for Winfrey's Harpo Studios says: "Oprah has not been approached." - Wenn