The talk-show queen was stunned when the New York Daily News recently reported that 74-year-old Vernon was planning to write a book on his daughter--and she refused to believe it at first.
She says, "One of my assistants said, 'The Daily News is calling. They say they heard your father is writing a book about you.' I said, 'That's impossible. I can assure them it's not true.'
"But then my sister said, 'I think you should call your father.' I called him and it turned out he is writing a book. The worst part of it was him saying, 'I meant to tell you I've been working on it.'
"I was upset. I won't say devastated, but I was stunned. The last person in the world to be doing a book about me is Vernon Winfrey."
Oprah admits she hasn't seen her father since their trip to Africa a few months ago, but says, "We talk, we talk, we talk. I would have preferred to have known my father was working on this. It would have been a nice gesture, a courtesy."
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