Ever since the Paula Deen “N” word scandal broke on June 19, Oprah fans have been wondering what the billionaire thinks of her friend the chef?
But now Oprah breaks her silence with Entertainment Tonight.
When asked if she has spoken to the celebrity chef since she made headlines, Oprah said, “I haven’t spoken to her. In the very first days I tried to reach her and then I decided to stay out of it as I saw it blowing up.” She goes on to say, “In time she will be fine. For me, it all just felt kind of sad.”
Oprah also says she feels Deen was used as a symbol because people use that word all the time. She tells ET that they need to let the “dust settle” before they speak about it and have a “real conversation.”
Has Oprah ever been called the N-word?
“I would have to say that racism for me doesn’t show itself that way,” Oprah says. “Nobody in their right mind is going to call me the N-word. 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 cause 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?”