Oprah Winfrey finally made a comment on Paula Deen's N-word controversy. The media mogul opened up about her disgraced friend as well as her experience in regards to racism to Entertainment Tonight on Monday, August 5.
"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. In time she will be fine. For me, it all just felt kind of sad," the popular talk show host revealed. She said, "I think Paula Deen was sort of used as a symbol, but I think lots of people use the [N-word] inappropriately all the time." Oprah wanted to have a sit down with Paula, saying, "I just really want to know what happened."
When asked if she had ever been called N-word, the "Lee Daniels' The Butler" star explained, "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, because true racism is being able to have power over somebody else. So that doesn't happen to me that way."
The media mogul elaborated, "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?' "
In another interview with Extra, Oprah refused to comment about Paula. "Oh my god! I don't have anything to do with Paula Deen. She is not the first white lady to use the N-word! Good lord!"
Oprah and Paula became friends when the talk show host interviewed the cook for an episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" in 2012. Deen's image was ruined earlier this year after she admitted in a video deposition that she used N-word in the past. The cook lost many endorsement deals after the video emerged.