Video: Oprah Winfrey Opens Up About Recent Racism Incident ET
Oprah Winfrey revealed in an interview that she was recently a victim of apparent racism. In a video posted by ET Online, Winfrey, who is making the rounds of talk shows while promoting the new movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler," talks about the incident, which took place in Zurich.
"While Winfrey may be one of the most recognizable faces on the planet, she apparently doesn't have as big a fan base in Switzerland," the story notes.
Winfrey also comments on celebrity chef Paula Deen, who lost her Food Network job and a number of endorsement deals after she admitted to using a racial epithet. "I think Paula Deen was sort of used as a symbol, but I think lots of people use the word inappropriately all the time," Winfrey tells ET's Nancy O'Dell.
Winfrey says she wants to interview Deen but adds that she might take a while to reach out to her, because Winfrey wants to make sure it wouldn't result in a "defensive conversation." As time passes, Deen may be more likely to have a candid discussion without feeling attacked, Winfrey adds.
"I just really want to know what happened," she says.