Though Oprah Winfrey was the one who felt slighted by a sales woman while shopping in Switzerland, the media mogul is apologizing after what she called an incident of racial profiling – saying she’s “sorry” that a frenzy emerged for the country, and the store.
“I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland,” Winfrey, 59, told reporters on Monday night. “I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland.”
The Queen of Talk made the apologetic comments about her encounter during the Los Angeles premiere of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” according to the Associated Press.
“I would never say something like that to a customer,” the unidentified clerk said to a Swiss newspaper.
“I don’t know why she is making these accusations. She is so powerful, and I am just a shop girl,” the woman said.
“It is absolutely not true that I declined to show her the bag on racist grounds.”
The woman added that she would apologize and “say it was all a misunderstanding” if given the chance to speak again to Winfrey, whom she did not recognize that day.