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Oprah's Swiss Apology

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8/13/2013 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Oprah's issuing an apology -- of sorts -- for playing the race card over her shopping trip in Switzerland ... but we can't figure out why! Did O really think it wouldn't be a big deal if SHE was the victim of racism? C'mon Oprah.

Plus, Britney Spears' bizarre spending habits! $500 manicures AND shopping trips to the 99 Cent Store?? You can take the girl out of Kentwood, but...y'know.

And, pics of Justin Bieber doing a good deed, but will his fans accuse of Photoshopping these shots too? It's day 2 of the Belieber siege on our newsroom.
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(0:00) Britney Spears -- we know what she blows her millions on ... and some of her purchases are shocking.
(6:00) Lindsay Lohan gets help from Ben Affleck in rehab -- how much did his advice affect her?
(10:00) Oprah Winfrey totally hedges on her racist story about Switzerland.
(15:00) Famke Janssen's home gets broken into -- by the creepiest person ever.
(18:00) Octavius Johnson from "Ray Donovan" joins us to talk about the comparison between his character and one Justin Bieber.
(24:00) Usher's son has literally bounced back from his near-drowing ... and we also talked to the man who saved his life.
(29:00) Mama June takes a stand against bullying ... and her own daughter.
(32:00) Justin Bieber does something good!
(34:00) Kevin Federline rages at his wedding reception -- and he's lost a ton of weight!
(36:00) The floor is yours!
(41:00) Harvey takes the plunge ... on Kris Jenner's TV show.

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JUstin    

And I Quote " Last night, Oprah said ... "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."
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Where's the Apology , TMZ - Your headline was completely false and misleading .. Oprah never said " the incident didn't happen ..." She only felt sorry for the public humiliation Switzerland went through ... You lose all credibility when you start misleading your readers , TMZ ..

331 days ago
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Paul    

Oprah should apologize to all the rest of us for complaining she couldn't throw away $38,000 on a freaking purse while millions of her fellow Americans are out of work.

331 days ago
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Mary P    

Of course she lied. More and more people are waking up everyday to the s*** that she is and how "charitable" she really was... by claiming all the companies that did giveaways to her audience were HER charitable deeds while she was sticking the audience with the bill. Or how more and more places are willing to talk about her high and mighty attitude and how she talks down to people around her. Or how she has hyped lies, crap and fake people on her show all those years. That wench is responsible for Dr. Phil (who isn't a doctor) and Dr. Oz (who screws up basic medical reports.. see: arsenic, or see the whole dumbassery of "curing" GLBT).

331 days ago
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ASH LEE    

Just cause Britney makes a lot of money doesn't mean she needs to be always be shopping on rodeo drive! TMZ this is not news. today must be slow news day

331 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

Lindsey got some new roles while in rehab (around the middle)

331 days ago
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Mikey    

Of course she lied. She's promoting a movie about racism. Is Oprah the new Al Sharpton?

331 days ago
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charles    

the issues in the Oprah saga are TMZ gold!

331 days ago
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David    

Opra is an opportunist for using her notoriety as a tool to claim racism. The worst racist are blacks that continue to use their races to profit and get away with crime in our American society. Opra is a fat, ugly, uneducated, racist, pig. I am sick to think that Whites continue to view any validity to her victimization claims. Has she helped any non-black people in America, even though we are all responsible for her being so rich.

331 days ago
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JUstin    

Oprah Backing Off ? What the F** is Charles talking about ? lmao . Excuse me , but I don't see anywhere oprah saying " the incident never happened ..."

331 days ago
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MIKE    

Mike Walters , Andy Dick will win a Pulitzer prize before LI LO Wins any award for acting.

331 days ago
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Sally    

I am certain Oprah lied - she would do anything to make the news, including telling lies no matter who it would hurt. Cannot understand why she is still on TV.
She has long lost her star quality.

331 days ago
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MerryHope    

Orca lies.

331 days ago
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the_truth    

The ONLY reason Oprah is trying to downplay her claims is because the racism claim is bad for the Publicity of The Butler, which just came out. Had it not been for this poor timing, she would stand behind her claims. This is not Oprah's first claim of racism against a European shop -- she had the same claim against Hermes of Paris. They also denied the claim, but she didn't back down. In fact, she let them know, in no uncertain terms, that she had the power to stop people from shopping there, but wouldn't do it that one time. Oprah believes that she should receive the same treatment overseas as she does in the US. Unfortunately, not everyone cares about her like that.

331 days ago
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Cthrew    

This is the second time Oprah has claimed that a European shop clerk victimized her for being black. The last time was five or six years ago in France, I believe, and her mouthpiece Gayle bitched on American t.v. about how devastated poor Oprah was. Really? Devastated? It shows Oprah has totally lost perspective of herself. She needs to put on her big girl panties and realize that most people cannot even afford a plane trip to Europe, and as for retaliating against bitchy shop clerks, forget about it. We've all been persecuted at one or another in our lives, or been patronized. They key is to suck it up and move on with dignity.

331 days ago
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oink    

Yes Oprah is a LIAR. no Racism in the incident.

331 days ago
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