Oprah Winfrey has resolved her public spat with international clothing
store Hermes by inviting the president and CEO onto her talk show to discuss
Oprah hit the headlines in June when she was refused entry to the Paris,
France, branch and her aides suggested race might have had something to do with
Embarrassed Oprah has refused to discuss the incident, but brought US Hermes
boss Robert Chavez onto her TV show yesterday to clear up reports
suggesting she didn’t want fans to shop at Hermes anymore, and purchase Berkin
bags from the store.
Winfrey insisted that most of what was written about the incident was
“flat-out wrong,” adding, “I just want to say shame on anybody for thinking
that I was upset for not being able to get into a clothes store and buy a
“I was upset because one person at the store was so rude. Not the whole
“Everybody who has ever been snubbed because you were not chic enough or thin
enough or the right class or the right color or whatever – I don’t know what
it was – you know that that is very humiliating and that is exactly what
happened to me.”
Chavez publicly apologized to Oprah, insisting she encountered “one very,
very rigid staff member” who honestly didn’t know who the talk show queen was.
Oprah put an end to the public war or words, by hugging Chavez and urging
viewers to “wear the Berkin bags. Shop, shop, shop, shop!”
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