By now most have heard the story about Oprah Winfrey’s former stepmother Barbara Winfrey, whose currently facing eviction from her home. The recap is as follows, upon divorcing Oprah’s dad Vernon Winfrey, Oprah’s free and clear offered Barbara one home or fifty percent proceeds on a home she never owned if she signed a confidentiality agreement. Barbara refused to sign the agreement and now she’s in court facing eviction.
But wait, there’s more. Now Barbara is speaking out against Oprah in the press. Among some of the gems she’s dropped about the media queen include, “You find out quickly where your place is with Oprah,” Barbara told Mail Online. “And you get in that place and you stay in that place.”
Barbara also said, “Oprah’s brand is that she’s a nice, caring generous giving person — that’s not how it is — she’s controlling, it’s all about control.” She then added, “My crime, I think, was to talk to her like a normal person — and she didn’t like that one bit.”
The talk show queen’s ex-stepmom also gave tidbits about Oprah’s level of hospitality when Barbara and Vernon visited Oprah’s Indiana estate. “That first night, she didn’t have anything to say to us hardly at all; she wasn’t warm at all,” Barbara said. And the following morning she claims, “Oprah got on to the intercom and announced, ‘Negroes in the house, Negroes in the house!’” Barbara added, “She thought it was funny; I thought it was insulting… some people you can’t take the ghetto out of.”
Finally, Barbara finished her lengthy interview with this sentiment, “I just don’t understand how I could have made her so angry that she would kick me out on the street and think nothing about it. But that’s Oprah — she ‘s judge and jury.”
And this chick is wondering why Oprah wanted her to sign a confidentiality agreement upon offering her a house? Jeez!