Oprah Winfrey was "so nervous" about making her speech at the Golden Globes.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

The 64-year-old television personality received a standing ovation when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the annual awards ceremony last month but she admits it nearly didn't happen because she had such a dry throat beforehand.

She told People magazine: "I must have been more nervous than I thought, because I've never had dry mouth before.

"In the middle of the speech I thought, 'I can't move my gums.' I started to articulate because I was trying to get over my gums."

The speech left many calling for Oprah to run for president and she later admitted that she did "think about" for a short time.

She said: "When there was so much talk about it ... Gayle [King] was every day saying, 'You should think about it. You always say when things show up you should think about it.' I had a lot of wealthy men calling me, telling me they would run my campaign and raise a billion dollars for me. I think when you have that many people whose opinions you value coming at you, it's worthy of thinking about."

However, Oprah has decided against the idea now because she has never felt that she was "supposed to be political".

She added: "I've never looked outside for other people to tell me when I should be making a move. And wouldn't I know? If God wanted me to run, wouldn't God tell me? I haven't heard that. I'd feel that I have a responsibility as a person who has a big voice in this country to use it to promote justice and kindness and good will in the world. It never has felt to me that that I was supposed to be political and it still does not feel that to me."

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