Just when you thought the Oprah Winfrey Switzerland handbag saga was over, here comes another round.
The mogul spoke candidly with CNN on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, ‘The Butler’ on Monday night (August 12).
Apparently after hearing about the various reports and the very public apology from Switzerland, Ms. Winfrey gave out an apology of her own:
I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposely did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland. I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don’t expect that you would be able to be there.
You should be able to go into a store, looking like whatever you look like and say I’d like to see this. That didn’t happen. It’s not an indictment against the country or even that store. It was just one person who didn’t want to offer me the opportunity to see the bag. So no apologies necessary from the Country of Switzerland. If somebody makes a mistake in the United States are we apologizing for the whole country?
Well the store clerk who “helped” Oprah that fateful day, gave her side of the story to a Swiss newspaper. Adriana N (who didn’t want to share her full name), says the incident was “absurd” and that Oprah was basically lying.
I feel as if I’m in the middle of a whirlwind. Totally powerless, as if everything’s been taken from me. It’s a horror, what’s happened. I explained that this was exactly the same bag as the one I had in my hand. Only much more expensive. I would happily show her other bags, I said.
On whether she told Oprah the bag was too expensive for her..
That’s absurd. I would never say such a thing to a customer. Absolutely not. Good manners and politeness are everything in this shop..
Interesting.. Who do you believe? Check out Oprah’s full statement about the incident above in the video link..