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Racial Ray?

1/24/2007 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rachel and OprahPerky talk show host Rachael Ray made disparaging racial remarks about the woman who gave Ray her big shot at daytime TV -- none other than Oprah Winfrey, according to TMZ sources. It's a shocking account of a dinner that occurred during the period that the show was being sold.

Rewind to December 3, 2005. Ray was at the Century City Shopping Mall in Los Angeles for a book signing. Reps from King World, the production company that was syndicating the show, were shooting the event for its sales presentation.

"Why is she wearing slave drag? She obviously has problems being black."

At around 7:00 PM, Ray, along with seven others, went to Houston's Restaurant in the mall. They sat in a booth in the far right rear of the restaurant. Ray ordered fish and complained to the table it was dry. She Oprah's Portrait from was also drinking red wine and lots of it -- one source says a minimum of four big glasses.

We're told Ray became "extremely loud and aggressive," and began dissing Oprah. Sources say she told the group about a portrait of Oprah that sits in the lobby of Harpo Productions in Chicago. It's from the movie "Beloved" and shows Winfrey's back, enhanced with scars. She's also wearing a skirt from the slavery era.

Back at the table, sources say Ray launched into attack mode: "Why is she wearing slave drag? She obviously has problems being black."

But Oprah wasn't Ray's only target. Sources say she told the group how much she liked Jennifer Aniston and then called Brad Pitt a "pussy boy." But her harshest comments were reserved for Angelina Jolie, calling her "a skanky, backdoor c**t."

TMZ contacted the Director of Publicity for Rachael Ray, Charlie Dougiello, who said, "Rachael did attend the dinner referenced and enjoyed wine and good conversation with friends and colleagues. She denies making any of the comments referenced. In fact, there are several words that are attributed to Rachael that she has never uttered in her life."

Dougiello added, "Neither in public nor in private has Rachael made a disparaging or cruel remark about her friend and mentor, Oprah, nor a celebrity couple she has never even met."

Oprah Gallery: Click to launchDougiello also said, "There were several associates of Rachael's at that table who, unprompted, agreed that Rachael never made any of the comments she is being accused of making... and it seems very convenient that these accusations are being levied at a time when Rachael's success has focused the public eye on her."

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1.

Jack Mehoff    

Let's face it Rachael is a nice piece of stock. She's got far too much energy - hperactive!! She needs someone to give her a good banging. This will calm her down. I'd be glad to volunteer!!!!

At the same time, she can't carry Oprah's moldy jock strap.

Let's get Rosie involved here. She'll get to the bottom of it. No, I won't bang her. That is The Donald's job.

2723 days ago
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Helldorado    

@ lory... Wow, I'm so impressed. What I posted was and is correct. Sorry if the truth is painful to you. Perhaps you should spend some time reading up on how New York was the center of the slave trade and then reassess your own shortcomings.

Best of luck resolving your issues.

2723 days ago
3.

Darlene    

What is this world comming to? People are getting way too sensative!!! I am sick and tired of every person, of any race, being able to be so sensative. Get a grip!! One can not say or do anything anymore without someone bitching about it.

2723 days ago
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yeah for free thinkers    

Oh, Pleeeeeeeeease! Will everyone just get over themselves?? I am SO tired of everyone pulling the race card on every little tiny detail! So what! She had a valid question about the choice of dress that Oprah had! Didn't sound racist to me! And about Brad and Angelina....what, was that wrong? They are not p***y boy and skanky back door c**t? Really? Nah, your playing right? Cause I could have sworn they were! Don't diss the girl for speaking the truth!

2722 days ago
5.

dan    

Guess what folks..... we all live here in the same country.....you remember our country, right??? The one where anyone is allowed to have and state their own personal opinions.....you don't have to agree with them.....but at the same time you don't have the right to tell them they can't have or express their opinions...did she say it....I don't know...I wasn't there.....did she have the right to say it....absolutly!

2719 days ago
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i know what you did last summer    

I WATCH R.R SHOW ALL THE TIME BUT IF SHE SAID SHE SAID BUTT ON THE OTHER HAND DO ANY OF YOU THINK THAT OPRAH IS HURTING FROM THIS.NO BECAUSE SHE IS RICH BITCH AND SHE HAVE HER DAMM MONEY.AS FOR THE Jennifer Aniston AND Brad Pitt ,AND Angelina Jolie THING GOES WELL JENNIFER HAD BRAD AND SHE LET HIM GO.OK LADIES IF YOU WAS MARRIED TO BRAD AND HE ASKED YOU TO HAVE A BABY WITH HIM WOULD YOU DO IT OR NOT???NOW THATS THE QUESTION.ONLY THING HE WANTED IS CHILD AND SOMEONE GAVE HIM ONE AND EVERYBODY IS BITCHING ABOUT IT GET OVER IT WHAT DONE IS DONE AND EVERYBODY ON HERE SAY OPRAH DON'T LIKE HER KIND BWUAHAHAHA THATS SOME FUNNY SHIT RIGHT THERE.SHE OPRAH BITCHHHH!!!!

2719 days ago
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RSO    

I dont believe for one second that Ms ray would or even could come out with such malicious crap. She seems cultured, professional, and definately not up tight. I find It amazing how the media can try and find nothig to print worth reading and get paid for. Sign me up for that---------I could exagerate as well as the next guy.

2719 days ago
8.

wink    

Rach baby.......PLEEEEZE.......how bout a nice little affair with chopped liver or ah good steak not a hit on Oprah

2719 days ago
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Patricia A. Stewart    

Ms. Ray is VERY over-rated. She appears to be on something, the way she moves and talks. I have no doubt she ran off at the mouth, as she really thinks she is the "bomb." I believe Oprah is responsible for Rachel's morning show on CBS.
I can't stand to watch her, she is very annoying and really into herself. She needs to take responsiblity for her BIG mouth.

2719 days ago
10.

bbot    

I agree with 6. Are we afraid that we won't know That "O" is her magazine? Her face is plastered everywhere SHEESH!

2719 days ago
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news at ten    

she said everything. i worked for her at food channel - shes a racist, wino, skank...and like rosie, did when she had her talkshow, she puts on an "all-american" front for cameras...but is a raving angry lunatic bitch to her staff and others when the cams arent rolling. ...as in the case of rosie, her true colors will eventually come out.

2718 days ago
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Wendy    

First doubt that Rachel Ray would be SO STUPID as to stick her big foot in her mouth (which is the only thing beside her ASS that's big!) - NO tits you know!!!! (At least we can't see them!)

Second! Rachel Ray is a NO-BRAINER! Have you heard her - she sounds like the Nannies sister from the Bronx’s? - Like I said "NO-BRAINER"

Third - Jennifer Aniston is a "poor me - feel sorry for me wannabe actress who has done not one good movie".

Rachel is just jealous of what she doesn't have! (A "fairly good looking man" and Angelina Jolie good look and beautiful children) - TOO BAD RACHEL RAY/JENNIFER ANISTON - BUT, WHEN IT COMES TO YOU/JENNIFER OR ANGIE - YOU UGLY GIRLS LOSE!

2718 days ago
13.

Craig    

As a tv 'quick meal' show host, Rachael Ray was nice.

But, as a variety (?) show hostess, and more known, she comes across (and IS) as full of herself/swelled head, and annnoying (& no longer appealing).

As her power grows, so does her head, and her inner ugliness!!!

When i found out this ' cute little oakie' had married a lawyer, i knew she had some MAJOR FLAWS to begin with!!!

2718 days ago
14.

Shabba    

I don't usually follow these types of stories about how crazy people can get when they get money but I find it to be a foolish mistake to be in show business and then start running other celebs in the ground. To TMZ, if you can't anything interesting to wrote about don't MAKE UP THINGS. This is not what I call RESPECTABLE JOURNALISM... this is borderline HUSTLER MAGAZINE GARBAGE

2718 days ago
15.

reggie    

Only People that Know the Truth is Rachel's Dinner Mates!
IF ? Rachel made those comments or any reference about
any of the people mention,,, Do you think in your right Mind
her associates and Publicist would own up to it! They all
would be out of work and Jobs! Drinkin bring's out the real person intent! Most of us have been at that point at some time in our lives! That's if??? You have ever had brooze and had too much of the stuff ! Rachel's Karma will catch up with her,
whether her Publicist and friends do !!! Truth always prevails !!! Just like O.J. Simpson will have his turn some Day!

2718 days ago
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