Barbara Winfrey, the ex-wife of Oprah’s dad Vernon, has opened up about her experience with the world famous talk show host in an interview with The Daily Mail.
Barbara says she remembers the divorce turned ugly when Oprah called her in 2012. “You say I never talk to you?” the talk show host said, “Well I want to talk to you now. You have until Monday to get out of MY house.”
Speaking to MailOnline, Barbara says that Oprah played a large part in destroying her marriage. “I have lost everything,” she says. “It’s not just a house, this is my home. All my memories are here. I’m trying to keep it together but there are some days I just don’t understand how I could have made her so angry that she would kick me out on the street and think nothing about it. But that’s Oprah – she’s judge and jury.”
Barbara adds “You find out quickly where your place is with Oprah and you get in that place and you stay in that place. My crime, I think, was to talk to her like a normal person and she didn’t like that one bit.”
Barbara also notes that “She has confidentiality agreements with pretty much everybody in her life. She has them sign their life away and she has them in her pocket.”
Barbara recalls one time that she and her husband visited Oprah in Chicago. “Oprah got on the intercom and announced ‘Negroes in the house. Negroes in the house.’ She thought it was funny. I thought it was insulting. I’m older than her. I know what it means. She was reminding us of our low class.”