When you think about it, former U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke and Oprah Winfrey have a lot in common. One, they often go by one name (Beto, Oprah). Two, they both spend a lot time in front of the camera (Beto on Facebook Live, Oprah on national television for three decades). And third, both have been the center of countless rumors about a 2020 presidential bid.
As national media conjures theories about the next U.S. presidential election — and as politicians coyly refuse to deny them — it's hard to think of two names who have been volleyed back and forth as much as "Beto" and "Oprah." So it's only natural that Americans would lose their freaking hats over the announcement that Winfrey will interview O'Rourke on February 5 as part of her Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square live event.
An extension of her OWN series and hit podcast of the same name, the conversations aren't merely puff pieces, but often deviate into the subject's spiritual, religious, and moral beliefs. Each episode ends with the same four big questions, and often leaves podcast listeners in tears.
"In one-on-one conversations, Winfrey will discuss how each of the guests created an impact and shifted the conversation in their respective fields of entertainment, politics, and culture in the last year," said OWN in a release about the buzzy event.
In addition to O'Rourke, Winfrey will interview Hollywood stars Bradley Cooper and Michael B. Jordan, philanthropist Melinda Gates, and TIME’S UP president and CEO Lisa Borders.
Tickets for the New York event go on sale January 15 and, according to Deadline, are priced at $200 a pop. No word yet if this will be the official launch of the Winfrey-O'Rourke campaign. (Cue the rumors.)