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June 24, 2005

Most Humiliating Moment?

Oprah Winfrey is apparently describing her recent rejection at an Hermès store in Paris as one of "the most humiliating moments of her life," according to her close pal Gayle King.

King told ET that she was with Winfrey last Tuesday when the renowned talk host was denied entrance to the famous luxury goods shop, an incident that quickly sparked speculation in the media as to whether the store's action was racially motivated. Hermès later issued a statement expressing its "sincere regrets for any misunderstanding that these circumstances could have caused" and added that they had simply been closed for a private after-hours event when Winfrey stopped by.

Still, King claims she's bothered by the apology because "it implies that nothing offensive happened." She also says it's unlikely that Winfrey will be quick to forgive and forget what happened, and probably won't shop there again.

Posted by Lawren at June 24, 2005 08:19 AM

You Said

well, they wouldn't of let me in if the store was closed for a party, why should they let Oprah in? Sounds like just another case of spoiled celebrities to me.

Says: elle at June 24, 2005 08:46 AM

If this is the worst thing that has ever happened to her, then she's got it pretty darn good.

Says: Dan at June 24, 2005 09:02 AM

Me thinketh Oprah thinks too much of herself. She isn't Empress of the world and sometimes that means she doesn't get invited to the ball. Tough cookies.

Says: Rachel Ann at June 24, 2005 10:11 AM

Most humiliating moment? What about when she gave away those cars this year and charged everyone the sales tax?

Says: Neil at June 24, 2005 10:38 AM

She has certainly 'evolved' from the days when her talk show began and I used to love to watch it.

If I were any store, I'd hate to lose her business!

Says: Kelly at June 24, 2005 11:03 AM

She needs a "reality check" if this is the most humiliating experience of her life.
Her wealth and fame mean that she is no longer used to people simply saying "no" to her.

Says: jasper at June 24, 2005 11:30 AM

I agree with everyone above AND if it's true that Oprah came from poverty and was abused, etc. I seriously doubt this was her most humiliating moment. Get real. Btw, when I lived near El Paso, TX years ago, there were many stores that kept their doors locked until they saw you and then buzzed you in or not. If you have high-end items (like Hermes) and you've had robbery problems, that's what you do plus they said they were CLOSED. I think she's really pissed that they didn't recognize her--not that I'm defending THE FRENCH, of course! :-)

Says: Nanc' at June 24, 2005 02:34 PM

When I first read the story a few days ago, it said that she was not let in because the store had been "having a problem with north africans". If that is what really happened, then I don't blame her for being upset. However, if the store was just closed to the public, then she needs to get off her high horse.

Says: Mel at June 24, 2005 02:37 PM

Oprah is surely the most oppressed billionaire in the world.

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