Latest On Paula Deen, Oprah Winfrey, pictured with Paula Deen on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ last year, has finally opened up on her friend’s N-word controversy.
Up until now The Queen of talk has been surprisingly mum on the scandal enveloping her friend Paula Deen.
But Oprah Winfrey has broken her silence on the controversy over the disgraced television chef’s use of the N-word,.
“I think Paula Deen was sort of used as a symbol, but I think lots of people use the word inappropriately all the time,” Oprah said during a revealing interview on Entertainment Tonight Monday.
Oprah Winfrey shines on the red carpet Monday night at the New York premiere of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler.’
The 59-year old television mogul says she’s very sensitive to racism – a major theme in her new movie, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
“I do not run in the circle of people who use the word loosely,” she told ET. “For me it’s out of respect to those people who it was the last word they heard while they were being hung, the last weord they heard when they were being fired, the last word they heard when their house was being burned.
“It’s the word heard every day when they were walking down the street and they had to step off the side walk to let other people pass.”