Oprah Winfrey spoke briefly during a live broadcast of her talk show Friday about her decision not to interview Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin while the election was going on.
It's the first time Winfrey has acknowledged the manufactured controversy on her show.
"I declared back in May I was not going to use my show as a platform," Winfrey said.
I spoke out as a private citizen for the candidate of my choice, she added, echoing comments she said in a statement weeks back.
Winfrey said it was suggested Michelle Obama -- wife of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama -- appear on her show following Michelle's speech at the Democratic National Convention. However, Winfrey said no for the same reason she was not using the show as a platform for any of the candidates.
Winfrey has openly supported and campaigned for Barack Obama, but has never made that support known during episodes of her show.
More on the controversy here and why it's a non-issue.