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NBC deletes tweet honoring Oprah Winfrey as 'our future president'

NBC deleted a tweet and issued a statement of clarification Monday after a message posted on its official, verified Twitter account saluted Oprah Winfrey as “our future president.”

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“A tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast,” the statement said. “It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.”

President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., slammed NBC’s deleted tweet as evidence of media bias against his father, which he said “is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it.”

Lots of people are speculating that Winfrey could have political aspirations following her inspiring speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

She’s delivered powerful oratories in Atlanta – where her OWN series “Greenleaf” films and where her HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” was shot.

>> Related: Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner Stedman Graham says 

“You’re nothing if you’re not the truth,” she said during her 2017 commencement address at Agnes Scott College. “I’ve made a living, I’ve made a life – I’ve made a fortune, really – all good! – from being true to myself. If I can leave you with any message today: The biggest reward is not financial benefits, though it’s really good, you can get a lot of great shoes! Those of you who have a lot of shoes know having a closet full of shoes doesn’t fill up your life. Living a life of substance can. Substance through your service.”

>> Related: Who was Recy Taylor? Oprah mentions Alabama woman in Golden Globes speech

In November, she surprised Ron Clark Academy with a $5 million gift.

Clark caught her eye in the year 2000, when he was named the Disney American Teacher of the Year. He visited her daytime talk show a few years later, to promote his book “The Essential 55.”

With her powerful endorsement, the book became a best-seller. He used the resulting proceeds to fund the purchase of an old factory that became the Ron Clark Academy.

>> Related: Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

“I’ve never known another human being with such drive, such courage, such passion, in the face of everybody going.. what? You are a true guiding light for so many,” Winfrey said. “What I love about you, the reason I say yes every darn time, you are doing what you are meant to be doing. You didn’t just answer your call, you answered God’s call. Most people are deaf, they don’t hear it. Ron heard it and answered the call.”

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner Stedman Graham says

Update 10:25 a.m. Jan. 8: Two friends, who were not identified, told CNN on Monday that Oprah Winfrey is "actively thinking" about running for president.

Friends have been urging her to run for office for months, according to the news station. A friend emphasized Monday to CNN that “Winfrey has not made up her mind about running.”

Original report: Would Oprah Winfrey ever run for president? It's a possibility, according to her partner, Stedman Graham.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

"It's up to the people," Graham, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. "She would absolutely do it."

>> Golden Globes 2018: Why did stars wear black? Ceremony tackled political, social issues

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

Graham's remarks came as Winfrey's fans flocked to social media to praise her Golden Globes speech.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globes red carpet

"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon," Winfrey said as she became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again. 

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

Soon afterward, #Oprah2020 became a top trending topic on Twitter.

But don't get too excited, fans. When a Bloomberg reporter asked Winfrey about the trending hashtag Sunday night, she denied that she plans to run. 

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"I don't; I don't," she said, according to the report.

We'll just have to wait and see.

Golden Globes 2018: Why did stars wear black? Ceremony tackled political, social issues

The Golden Globe Awards, often a night of silliness running up to the Oscars, took on a much darker tone this year, both literally and figuratively.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

“Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen,” began host Seth Meyers, addressing a ballroom full of entertainers wearing black in a show of solidarity stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and other sexual assault and harassment allegations rocking Hollywood for months now. “It’s 2018. Marijuana’s finally allowed and sexual harassment isn’t.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globes red carpet

The red carpet protest came after some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Meryl Streep, launched the #TimesUp campaign, a "unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere."

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

"From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live," reads the website of the campaign inspired by #MeToo. 

Meyers’ monologue rarely strayed from social awareness and political commentary, and the intersection of serious and satire was sometimes cringe-inducing.

>> Carol Burnett takes stage with Jennifer Aniston, brings Golden Globes audience to its feet

“For the male nominees, this will be the first time in months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud,” he said in an attempt to add levity. A “Get Out” joke later fell pretty flat.

Remarks from presenters and award winners and posts tweeted ahead of time underscored the more serious nature of this year’s ceremony.

>> Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban harmonize at the Golden Globes

“This character I played represents something that’s at the center of our conversation: abuse,” said actress Nicole Kidman after claiming best actress/limited series honors for “Big Little Lies.” “I do believe and hope that we can elicit change.”

Mariah Carey, among those conferring honors, expressed thoughts on Twitter before the show started:

During his opener, Meyers was if nothing else self-effacing and self-aware.

“I’m a man with absolutely no power in Hollywood. I’m not even the most powerful Seth in the room tonight,” he said, pointing to Seth Rogen and pivoting to politics. “Hey, remember when he was the guy making trouble in North Korea?”

>> 101-year-old Kirk Douglas takes the stage at the Golden Globes

That set up a joke about how the “Hollywood Foreign Press” Association combined President Donald Trump’s three least favorite words, other than “Hillary, Mexico and salad.”

Meyers didn’t shy away from the origin of the #MeToo movement.

“Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight. I’ve heard rumors he’s crazy and difficult to work with,” he said of the disgraced mogul whose career collapse preceded a number of other prominent denouements.

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

“I hear they’re doing another series of ‘House of Cards.’ Is Christopher Plummer available for that, too?” he said, a reference to Plummer stepping in at the last moment to play J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World.” Kevin Spacey was supposed to play the role but was fired from that project and the Netflix series amid a series of abuse allegations.

“I sure hope (Plummer) can do a Southern accent,” Meyers said. “Kevin Spacey sure couldn’t.”

Meyers’ monologue felt shorter than some of his predecessors’ and far more somber. He concluded by acknowledging viewers might see the ballroom full of wealthy, beautiful stars professing allegiance to social justice from a cosseted, lofty perch.

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“Everyone in this room knows Hollywood is so much more than that,” he said, noting that most people on film sets work unglamorous jobs and got there by virtue of hard work, not powerful connections. “Those people aren’t there thanks to their rich dad.”

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report

Carol Burnett takes stage with Jennifer Aniston, brings Golden Globes audience to its feet

Carol Burnett’s mere presence on stage at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards brought the entire audience to its feet.

Burnett, 84, is a Hollywood legend whose career spans six decades. She is probably most known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which began in 1967.

She walked onstage alongside Jennifer Aniston to introduce the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

The comic legend couldn’t let her moment on stage pass without cracking a joke.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

“On a night when so many people, all of their dreams will come true tonight, so has mine, because I get to present with my idol, the amazing Carol Burnett,” said Aniston.

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

“That is really, that’s so sweet,” said Burnett. “You know, I’m happy that you’re coming back to television, because ‘Will and Grace’ was one of my favorite shows.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards red carpet

The audience erupted into laughter, and when Aniston tried to correct her, Burnett said, “I’m just kidding.”

>> See the moment here

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Before they even announced the winner, Aniston got to get back at Burnett by asking to tug Burnett’s ear, which Burnett called “kinky.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

“It was everything, everything, thank you,” Aniston said of the act.

“As I said, she’s kinky!” Burnett said.

Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

Oprah’s gift for inspiring others was in full view Sunday as she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globes. Her moving speech brought the audience to its feet.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

The 63-year-old media industry mogul was honored at the Golden Globes by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for her contributions to entertainment.

>> On Rare.us: Everyone rose to their feet to honor one of Hollywood’s last living members of the industry’s Golden Age

She was introduced by Reese Witherspoon, who worked with her on the film “A Wrinkle In Time.” On stage, she said, “Oprah’s hugs could end wars.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards red carpet

“For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as chairman, CEO and founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards,” said Witherspoon.

>> Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban harmonize at the Golden Globes

In her speech, Oprah shared inspirational words with all those watching.

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

“And it is not lost on me, that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this award,” said Oprah.

>> Watch the clip here

She touched on the unofficial theme of the night: Time’s Up.

>> 101-year-old Kirk Douglas takes the stage at the Golden Globes

Celebrities coordinated their black wardrobe as a part of the Time’s Up movement. According to the New York Times, the organized campaign aims to fight sexual harassment, assault and inequality for women in all workplaces.

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Oprah spoke to the men guilty of sexual assault, abuse and harassment in the workplace, saying, “Their time is up!”

>> See the moment here

She closed her speech with a prediction for the future.

“So I want all the girls watching here, now that a new day is on the horizon!” said Oprah.

>> Watch more here

Watch: Bill Cowher breaks table in two to honor Bills Mafia

Nobody has ever questioned the toughness of former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, but the former NFL linebacker went old school pro wrestling Sunday.

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On Sunday’s “The NFL Today” pregame show before Sunday’s wild-card game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, Cowher was favoring the craziness of the fan-based Bills Mafia as he crashed through a long table while yelling “Buff-a-lo,” splitting the furniture in two with a two-handed spike.

Mind you, Cowher has a way to go before he can stack up with some of the WWE’s finest table smashers. But it’s a start.

Pregnant Joanna Gaines celebrates becoming an aunt for the 6th time

Pregnant Joanna Gaines isn’t quite a mother of five just yet, but she is an aunt to six nieces and nephews — one of whom was just born.

>> Chip Gaines announces baby No. 5 on the way

The “Fixer Upper” star took to Instagram on Thursday to congratulate her sister, Mary Kay “Mikey” McCall, and brother-in-law, David, on welcoming their sixth bundle of joy, a baby girl who came into the world just two days after Gaines announced her own pregnancy.

“My sister had her beautiful baby girl!” she captioned a touching family photo album featuring pictures from their hospital stay and added the hashtags #motherofsix #butshelooks16.

>> See the post here

“Fixer Upper” fans may recognize Gaines’s sister McCall from a recent episode of the hit HGTV show, during which the interior designer and husband Chip renovated a home for her family.

The same night the episode aired for the first time, the Gaineses also announced they’re expecting their fifth child following the couple’s decision to end “Fixer Upper” after its current season in order to focus more on their family.

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“Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT),” Chip broke the exciting news on Instagram, with Joanna later sharing a look at her latest sonogram.

Jinger Duggar, husband Jeremy Vuolo, announce they are expecting their first child

The Duggars are shaping up to have enough family members to fill a football team -- and there’s another one on the way.

Jinger Vuolo (née Duggar) is expecting a child with her husband, former professional soccer player Jeremy Vuolo, the couple announced Wednesday.

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“The past 14 months have been the best of our lives as we have had the wonderful privilege of beginning our journey through life together in marriage,” the Vuolos told Us Weekly. “We both looked forward to the joys of marriage but neither one of us fully understood just how amazing the start of this journey would be. Truly, the Lord’s mercies are new every morning! Now, the journey has taken an exciting turn: We are expecting our first child!”

They also shared a Bible verse (Psalm 139:13-14) to commemorate the occasion:

13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Jinger Vuolo, 24, and Jeremy Vuolo, 30, tied the knot in November 2016. The couple has been looking forward to having children for some time, and whether or not Jinger Vuolo was pregnant was a frequent topic on their show, “Counting On.”

“I love kids,” Jeremy Vuolo told Us Weekly in 2016. “I really share Jinger’s love for children.”

The couple’s child won’t be the only Duggar baby ushered in this year.

Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband, Austin Forsyth, are also expecting their first child later this year.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Here's what Kathy Griffin did on first New Year's Eve after CNN fired her

Comic Kathy Griffin‘s social media post depicting a bloody image of herself posed with a prop head of President Donald Trump prompted tour cancellations and got her fired from her gig co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast.

>> PHOTOS: New Year's celebrations around the world

That was seven months ago.

By New Year’s Eve, Griffin had found new footing – and made some new plans with her mom and her puppy:

>> Watch the video here

Griffin posted a somber video shortly after the firestorm sparked by the image, saying, “I sincerely apologize. I’m a comic. I crossed the line ... I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.”

>> Mariah Carey finds her New Year's tea, takes Twitter by storm

She soon struck a more defiant chord, suggesting during a news conference that anger over the image was a political cover.

“We all know what’s going on here. They’re using me as a shiny object so that nobody’s talking about his FBI investigation…I’ve had everybody turn on me. I just want to make everybody laugh.”

She went on to call Trump a “fool.”

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“My impression is that they have mobilized their Army,” she said at the time. “It’s quite clear to me that they are using me as a distraction. I’m not going to be collateral damage for this fool. I think he’s a fool. I think the president is a fool.”

She became emotional, asked what the future holds: “I don’t think I will have a career over this. I’m going to be honest. He broke me.”

Turns out, he didn't.

Jimmy Kimmel shares adorable family photo to celebrate the new year

Jimmy Kimmel and his adorable family are more than ready for the new year.

>> Mariah Carey finds her New Year's tea, takes Twitter by storm

The TV host took to Instagram to wish the world a happy new year and share a cute family photo featuring himself, his wife Molly McNearney and their two little kids — William “Billy” John, 8 months, and 3-year-old Jane — chilling out in bed together.

>> PHOTOS: New Year's celebrations around the world

“Happy new year from our family to you and yours,” Kimmel captioned the image.

>> See the post here

Baby Billy appears to be doing well after his heart surgery in December.

Kimmel introduced his infant son to his studio audience and viewers at home on a recent episode of his show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Kimmel was choked up talking about his son’s health and treatment.

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“Hi, I’m Jimmy and this is Billy. I was out this week because this guy had heart surgery,” he introduced to the audience before thanking his guest hosts for filling in for him while he was out. When he got emotional thinking about his son’s health, Kimmel tried to laugh it off. “Daddy cries on TV but Billy doesn’t.”

>> WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel holds infant son during tearful monologue about children's health care

“We also want to thank the very bright and talented doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital who treated Billy, and not just Billy, and many kids with so much care and compassion … children from every income level whose health is especially threatened right now because of something you probably never heard of,” he said, holding back tears. “It’s called CHIP [Children’s Health Insurance Program].”

>> What is CHIP? 7 things to know about the Children’s Health Insurance Program

CHIP helps families who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but can’t get coverage through their jobs, according to Kimmel. He told the audience that CHIP may be cut off for some families because funding has not been approved by Congress.

“Billy’s doing great by the way. He has one more surgery,” Kimmel said. “They say he’s probably on track to win at least a bronze medal in the Olympics in 2036.”

Billy was born with a heart defect in April and underwent his first surgery at three days old. Kimmel opened up about his son’s health just days after bringing him home for the first time.

“He will have another surgery in three to six months,” Kimmel said at the time. “And, a third, hopefully non-invasive surgery in the future.”

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