Oprah launches nationwide tour

The tour kicks off January 4th with the first stop being in Fort Lauderdale.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey has announced a nine-city arena tour for 2020, her first national dates in five years.  Called Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus, it will focus on health and wellness and is sponsored by WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined).

The tour runs from January 4 through March, but the larger question will be how political its content will be. At that point, the somewhat lackluster Democratic presidential candidate pool will be gearing up for the party’s first political primaries. The outsize influence of media mogul Winfrey undoubtedly will see whomever is in the top five of contenders at that stage jockeying for an appearance at the event and, potentially, an endorsement. Winfrey campaigned heavily for Barack Obama in 2008 and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in 2018, and endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016.

“What I know for sure is we can all come together to support a stronger, healthier, more abundant life — focused on what makes us feel energized, connected and empowered,” Winfrey said in a statement. “As I travel the country, my hope for this experience is to motivate others to let 2020 be the year of transformation and triumph — beginning first and foremost with what makes us well. This is the year to move forward, let’s make it happen in 2020!”

Winfrey’s announcement said she will share “her wellness journey” and guides attendees “to develop their own action plan through motivating conversations, the latest in wellness research and interactive exercises.” The plan is for each city to feature a different lineup of guests and a “signature interview” with Winfrey and a big-name guests.

Tour proceeds over $1 million will benefit WW Good, the philanthropic arm of WW that helps bring fresh, healthy food to underserved communities across the country.

The tour dates are as follows:

Saturday Jan. 4: Ft. Lauderdale, FL — BB&T Center

Saturday Jan. 11: St. Paul, MN — Xcel Energey Center

Saturday Jan. 18: Charlotte, NC — Spectrum Center

Saturday Jan. 25: Atlanta — State Farm Arena

Saturday Feb. 8: Brooklyn — Barclays Center

Saturday Feb. 15: Dallas — American Airlines Center

Saturday Feb. 22: San Francisco — Chase Center

Saturday Feb. 29: Los Angeles — The Forum

Saturday March 7: Denver — Pepsi Center

Tickets are on sale Monday exclusively to WW customers. American Express will have an exclusive window the next day. Public tickets go on sale September 13 via Ticketmaster.

According to the tours landing page, each event will feature one-on-one interviews with the billionaire and “famous headline-makers” though no specific names have been released.

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