Oprah Tells Larry King About Racist NYC Incident

Today at 5 p.m. ET, the latest episode of Ora TV’s Larry King Now will be posted. It features King in conversation with Oprah Winfrey.

In the teaser segment below, she recalls an incident in the late 1990s on Madison Ave. She and hairdresser Andre Walker (also there, off-camera, for the King interview) were denied entrance to a department store. As they called from across the street to make sure the store was open, they saw a pair of white women get let in. And yet, when they walked back across the street, they still were not admitted.

A week later, Winfrey spoke to someone at the store, who explained why she and Walker were spurned. “The fact that they actually admitted that [fear of black people after a recent robbery] was actually quite striking,” Winfrey explains.

Other topics covered during the King interview include Winfrey’s recollections of a much more recent racist incident at a store in Zurich, being unable to cry on cue on the set of The Color Purple and how she dealt with any allegations of racism at Harpo Productions.

Update (August 9):
The owner of the Zurich store where Oprah was denied a chance to look at a $38,000 Tom Ford bag has told Reuters it was all a big misunderstanding. Trudie Goetz of Trois Pommes insists the store sales assistant in question was only trying to communicate to Oprah that the bag was available in other materials, and that language may have been a barrier during the exchange.