A group of Republican women from Florida is boycotting Oprah Winfrey and her TV show because Winfrey won't have GOP veep contender Sarah Palin on her show until after the elections are over.
Winfrey hosted Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama twice on her show in the past -- in January 2005 and October 2006 -- but that was before he threw his name in the ring to run for president.
The talk show host has since given her endorsement to Obama and has even campaigned for him -- something she's never done in a political election.
"[Sarah Palin] is an icon, and set her herself up to be such a women's rights and women's issues person. To have the first vice president of our lifetime on the Republican ticket being a woman and to sit it out regardless of what her personal political beliefs were was disingenuous, we felt," the 4,500-member group's vice president Cindy Graves told Fox on Wednesday.
Winfrey took heat from conservative groups and bloggers last week after a series of articles -- first appearing on the Drudge Report -- chastised her and called her "bias" for not inviting Palin on her show.
"The item in today's Drudge Report is categorically untrue," Winfrey said in a surprise response last week. "There has been absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show. At the beginning of this presidential campaign when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates. I agree that Sarah Palin would be a fantastic interview, and I would love to have her on after the campaign is over."
The initial Drudge posting claimed Winfrey's staff had been divided over whether to have Palin on the show.
"Half of her staff really wants Sarah Palin on," an unidentified source told Drudge. "Oprah's Web site is getting tons of requests to put her on, but Oprah and a couple of her top people are adamantly against it because of Obama."