First Lady Michelle Obama talked with Oprah Winfrey in a CBS interview special on Monday. (Courtesy CBS)

Scoop: First Lady tells Oprah: ‘The door is open to Melania’

First Lady Michelle Obama, chatting with Oprah Winfrey in a CBS interview special on Monday, said that eight years in the White House brought her and her husband closer together.

When Oprah ventured that being in office could “have a profound impact on a relationship,” the first lady responded, with a laugh: “Yeah, yeah. We can’t leave. We’re stuck in here together.”

On a more somber note, in the wake of Donald Trump‘s election, the first lady said, “We feel the difference now. … We are feeling what not having hope feels like.”

Still, as her predecessors did, Obama invited Melania Trump to the White House.

She told Oprah, “My offer to Melania was, you really don’t know what you don’t know until you’re here, so the door is open, as I’ve told her and as Laura Bush told me and other first ladies told me. We will do whatever they need to help them succeed.”

Meanwhile, there have been snowman high jinks around the White House lately.

After President Barack Obama mentioned he was slightly disturbed by “creepy” decorative snowmen that have made their home at the White House for the holidays, People reports he was “forced to face his fears” last week when unnamed staffers placed snowmen outside the windows of the Oval Office.

White House photographer Pete Souza snapped a picture of one the snowmen peeking in on the president as he sat at his desk signing end-of-the-year bills.

In the end, though, the president “enjoyed the prank,” Souza wrote, as he shared photos of the stunt on Instagram.

FANTASY BACHELOR

It seems like this took a too long in the making: a fantasy league for “The Bachelor.”

Get your brackets ready!

Variety reports that ABC’s Disney sibling ESPN is powering the contest, which is available on ABC’s web site and in the ESPN Fantasy app.

The so-called “official ultimate fantasy game experience” challenges players to predict the top four women who’ll make it to the hometown dates and the one who will receive the final rose.

Players will win points for correct predictions, and participants with high scores will have the opportunity to draw for a grand-prize trip to Disneyland and Los Angeles — to see “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose.”

The game arrives just in time for the Jan. 2 start of the rate-a-date reality show, with series staple Nick Viall (two-time “Bachelorette” runner-up, with Andi Dorfman, and, later, Kaitlyn Bristowe) in the title role.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer JoJo is 26. … Actor Jonah Hill is 33. .. Singer David Cook is 34. … Singer Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes) is 50. … Singer Billy Bragg is 59. … Musician Alan Parsons is 68. … Philanthropist Gordon Getty is 83. … Actor John Hillerman is 84.

— Staff, wire reports

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