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O, Really? Oprah Uses the N-Word?

12/2/2006 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

In response to Michael Richards' racist rant, Oprah's gal pal Gayle King admits that she uses the N-word -- and hints that some of her closest friends (um, like BFF Oprah Winfrey?) do to.

Page Six reports that on her XM Radio show, Gayle told listeners: "In the privacy of my own home, with my closest friends, who shall remain nameless, we have used that [word] when we're talking about other people. I go back and forth between [using it as] a term of endearment, and [it being] just a very hateful, bad thing."

Oprah has been very public about her distaste for the word, often berating rappers, including Ludacris, on her show for using it in their songs. But it's hard to know what she's really thinking behind closed doors. Until someone (hello, Gayle) spills the beans, of course.


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