Oprah Winfrey Won't Go to Egypt

Popular television talk show host Oprah Winfrey denies she will take her show on the road to Egypt's Tahrir Square.

Chana Ya'ar , | updated: 3:45 PM

Protesters in Tahrir square
Protesters in Tahrir square
Israel news photo: Essam Sharaf, Wikicommons

Popular television talk show host Oprah Winfrey issued a denial Friday on reports that she is planning to take her show on the road to Egypt's Tahrir Square.

“In bed with flu since Oscar show. Hearing reports that I'm taking show to Cairo. NOT TRUE. Have no plans to do so,” she wrote in a tweet on the Twitter social networking site, quoted by the AFP news service.

The initial report of Oprah's impending show allegedly came from a report in the state-run Al Ahram newspaper quoting new Egyptian Tourism Minister Munir Fakhri Abdelnur.

The move was part of a campaign to revive tourism in the Egyptian capital after a mass uprising toppled the 31-year-long regime of former President Hosni Mubarak. The situation is still far from stable: a mob of hundreds of protesters torched a security compound in Alexandria Friday night. Another crowd of hundreds of protesters massed around the state security headquarters in Cairo.

Abdelnur was quoted as saying “The plan is for her to broadcast a live show from Tahrir Square on a Friday in March but the date has not been finalized.”

However, a spokeswoman for Harpo Studios, owned by Oprah, denied the report in an emailed statement to the media. “There are no plans for Ms. Winfrey or the show to broadcast from an international location before the program's finale in May,” she wrote.