I guess this is what journalism has come to: asking celebrities who are only tangentially connected to each other about their indiscretions.
Recently, Entertainment Tonight and Extra caught up with Oprah to chat about her new film Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and finally get her opinion on the Paula Deen n-word controversy.
After admitting the situation made her feel “kind of sad,” Oprah cleared up the notion that she and Deen are friends, although the chef appeared on Oprah’s show and network multiple times.
“I don’t have anything to do with Paula Deen,” she told Extra’s AJ Calloway. “She is not the first white lady to use the N-word! Good lord!”
“Nobody in their right mind is going to call me the N-word,” she asserted. “You know, you see those fools on Twitter sometime say ridiculous things. But nobody in their right mind is going to do that to my face, because true racism is being able to have power over somebody else. So that doesn’t happen to me that way.”
“It shows up for me if I’m in a boardroom or situations where I’m the only woman or I’m the only African American person within a hundred mile radius. I can see in the energy of the people there, they don’t sense that I should be holding one of those seats. I can sense that. But I can never tell, ‘Is it racism? Is it sexism?'”
Despite not wanting to talk about Deen, Oprah admitted she would like to interview the disgraced chef, but would wait until the dust settles so the pair can have an honest conversation.
Ever the savvy journalist, Oprah says she wants to have an on-camera chat with Deen for one reason only.
“I just really want to know what happened.”