Though Paula Deen has mostly stayed out of the public eye in light of the recent controversy, her friend Oprah Winfrey is no longer keeping quiet on the issue.
Just weeks after the Food Network fired the cooking star after she admitted in a taped deposition to using a racial slur, Oprah sat down with Extra to promote her role in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and was asked about the incident.
“Oh my god! I don’t have anything to do with Paula Deen,” she replied. “She is not the first white lady to use the ‘n’ word! Good lord!”
Oprah also opened up on “Entertainment Tonight” about the incident and why she stayed out of it for so long.
“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,” she said. “In time she will be fine. For me, it all just felt kind of sad.”
When pushed to discuss her relationship with racism in the workplace, the iconic talk show host said it’s usually more about “being able to have power over somebody else” than being called a racial slur.
“The Butler” is due out in limited release on August 16.