Just when we thought the “dust settled” following the Paula Deen ‘n’ word controversy, Oprah Winfrey weighed in on the issue; though she’s not exactly coming to her butter-loving friend’s aid.
The actress/talk show host payed a visit to Extra where she was promoting her return to the big screen for upcoming historical drama, The Butler. Just before host AJ Calloway started the interview with Oprah, she warned him of the overwhelming questions regarding the former Food Network chef, Deen.
Everybody’s like ‘what do you think of Paula Deen.’ I don’t think anything, 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!
Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, the multimedia mogul opened up a little more about Paula:
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.
Moving forward, Oprah began to talk about being rejected for some roles. Surprising, huh? The Butler star revealed that while trying to audition for the movie, Doubt, the director wouldn’t even consider her:
Before the movie ‘Doubt’ came out, I called the director of the film and I said, ‘I would like an opportunity to come and audition,’ and the director said he would not even see me because ‘it would be hard for the audience to accept that you are the character and not Oprah.
She also talked about her interview with Lindsay Lohan — post-rehab –which will air on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Sunday, August 18. For more of the interview, check out the clip up top.