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Oprah goes into damage control after praising Obama-Trump meeting

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Oprah Winfrey attends the Tribeca Tune In: Greenleaf at BMCC John Zuccotti Theater on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Oprah Winfrey went into damage control Sunday after telling her followers who protested the election of Donald Trump to "take a deep breath."

"Everybody take a deep breath. #HopeLives," Winfrey tweeted Thursday after seeing the president-elect's cordial meeting with President Barack Obama, whom she supported in 2008.

But social media users, from celebrities to black-rights activists, weren't happy with the queen of daytime TV's post.

On Sunday, Winfrey attempted to clarify her comments, calling what she said on Thursday a "mistake."

“When I saw them [Obama and Trump] sitting together and I actually took a picture of the screen, it said, ‘President-elect Trump: ‘Honored To Meet Obama.’ And President Obama was being so gracious. I heard Donald Trump say, ‘He’s a good man.’ I heard Donald Trump say, ‘I’m going to be seeking his counsel.’ I literally went, ‘I can breathe now,'" Winfrey told filmmaker Ava DuVernay Sunday at a Hollywood Q&A.

Winfrey said her "mistake" was speaking for everyone else and not just herself.

"What I should have said was, ‘I just took a breath.’ What I said was, ‘Everybody take a breath #HopeLives.’" Winfrey said, adding that her original "take a deep breath" comment was only referring to the peaceful transfer of power and not the entirety of the Trump presidency.

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