Oprah Winfrey says she’s “sorry” a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.
“I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. 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,” Winfrey said at the Los Angeles premiere of Lee Daniels’ The Butler, in theaters Friday.
“I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don’t expect that you would be able to be there,” she continued.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse.
Swiss tourism officials and the boutique owner apologized for the incident last week.
Safe and sound
Usher’s son has been released from an Atlanta hospital after being admitted to the ICU last Monday after a pool accident.
Usher Raymond V, the singer’s oldest son with ex Tameka Foster, is “going to be fine,” a source close to The Voice coach told People.com. “Doctors were taking every precaution to make sure Cinco was okay, but the danger looks like it has passed.”
Foster sought an emergency hearing to regain primary custody of the couple’s two boys after the incident, but a judge dismissed the case.
Some things never change: Singers Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley were announced as hosts for the 47th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 6 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, reports People.com.
It will be the pair’s sixth consecutive time co-hosting the event.
Missed his flight
Looks like rapper Soulja Boy has a little Alec Baldwin in him.
According to TMZ, Soulja was kicked off an American Airlines flight when the flight attendant told passengers to sit down — and he ignored the request.
But unlike Baldwin — famously kicked off a flight for refusing to turn off his cellphone — Soulja was sorry and issued this apology: “It was a bad night and me and the flight staff didn’t see eye to eye. In hindsight, I’m extremely sorry for all inconvenience caused to the passengers and employees of the airline.”