TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Tommy to O: Racist E-Mail a "Big Fat Lie"

5/2/2007 5:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tommy Hilfiger has never been kicked off Oprah's show ... because he's never even been on Oprah. But today, the preppy designer appeared for the first time with O to refute an ugly urban legend that's been circulating for over a decade.

An e-mail first popped up about ten years ago -- and has recently resurfaced -- which alleges that Hilfiger was booted off the set of "Oprah" when he supposedly admitted that he intended his designs for "upper-class white people," not for Blacks, Jews, Asians or Latinos. Turns out that Hilfiger never said anything of the sort -- anywhere -- and that he wasn't even a guest on the show.

Hilfiger was so floored by the rumors, he tells O, that he paid FBI investigators "a lot of money" to track down the source, though the closest they got was an unnamed college campus. And, in the end, he says, the rumor's ridiculous because, frankly, what he really wants is money "from anyone that will buy my clothes."

93 COMMENTS

No Avatar

| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments
1.

Chantil    

I herd about this rumor and two similar as well, Ralph lauren and Liz Claibourne someone let me know is it true or false? because I don't buy Ralph lauren or Liz anymore because of it. Someone let the world know what time it is.

2579 days ago
2.

RM    

I can't believe anyone is the business would make that statement! Someone is jealous of Tom! There are so many people that will do anything to ruin someone's career. Put this rumor to rest!!! rm

2602 days ago
3.

TARA    

I AM LOVING YOU GUYS LATELY! UPDATES UPDATES UPDATES .... YOURE EVEN BEATING PEREZ! ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE EXPESSING ANNOYANCE ON HIS BOARDS BC HE'S NOT UPDATING .... SO THANKS FOR STEPPING UP THE GAME! YOURE MY FIRST CHOICE IN GOSSIP

2641 days ago
4.

aSiF    

Tommy line is lame, but I don't think he's a racist. Sadly, it's the easiest thing to accuse a person of, but the hardest thing to defend against. I'm glad Oprah finally put this to rest.

2641 days ago
5.

Candleboxxxxx    

Calvin Klein is so much nicer and has awesome sets

2641 days ago
6.

ELLENS THE BOMB    

I love Opri. I don't buy Tommy clothes but he seems like a nice guy.

2641 days ago
7.

Fred Flintstoned    

Good to see this rumor can be put to rest..

2641 days ago
8.

Michelle    

TMZ RULES!! I am so addicted to your site that even while I am working, I refresh the site to see if anything new came in. I LOVE YOU GUYS/GALS!! THANKS TMZ

I LOVE Tommy and was quite pleased to read and hear this was all a "BIG FAT LIE"

2641 days ago
9.

ivy    

TARA:

PEREZ HAS BEEN REALLY SICK WITH THE FLU SINCE HE RETURNED FROM AUSTRALIA. HOPEFULLY HE WILL GET BACK INTO FULL SWING.

I AGREE, TMZ HAS BEEN KEEPING THE GOSSIP ROLLING. THAT MAKES IT SO MUCH FUN!

2641 days ago
10.

naynbritt    

I'm black I heard this rumor years ago I did not believe it then and still dont. Every white person is not racist and if he (Tommy Hilfiger) was why has he paid big money for marketing by black celebrities and to urban consumers?

2641 days ago
11.

Sadie    

And how would you know that he has been sick Casey??? Are you the personal nurse for that slim-ball.... He's probably faking it due to the fact that he is being sued for using other peeps stuff with out permission or payment!!! NUF SAID!

2641 days ago
12.

bebe    

You can say anything about anyone and someone will believe it.

Thank you, tmz, for the reminder to watch Oprah today.

2641 days ago
13.

ME    

Why does he have to explain/refute anything to that bitch?!

2641 days ago
14.

kelly    

last may i was on the cape for an event, and our taxi driver told us all about tommy hilfiger. he said that he is rude, obnoxious and racist, and that he indeed did say that had he known that his clothes would be worn by any "urban" groups, he would not have created them.

2641 days ago
15.

A    

Nay - I would say that he markets to the demographic who is buying his clothing line -- business 101

2641 days ago
| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web