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Oprah Lied About Being Raised In Filth And Sexual Abuse, New Book Claims

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In the explosive new Oprah biography by Kitty Kelley, the talk show queen's cousin Katharine Carr tells all about the lies Oprah has spread in the name of television.

She is quoted in the book as saying:

"Now, you have to understand that I love Oprah, and I love all the good work she does for others, but I do not understand the lies that she tells. She's been doing it for years now.

Where Oprah got that nonsense about growing up in filth and roaches, I have no idea. (Oprah's grandmother) kept a spotless house…It was a wooden, six-room house with a large living room that had a fireplace and rocking chair.

Oh, I've talked to her about this over the years. I've confronted her and asked 'Why do you tell such lies?' Oprah told me, 'That's what people want to hear. The truth is boring, Aunt Katharine. People don't want to be bored. They want stories with drama.

That story [of sexual abuse] helped launch Oprah and make her what she is today…I don't hold with telling lies, but in this case I forgive Oprah because she has done so much for other people. Maybe this was the only way for a poor child to succeed and become rich. Now she does her good works to make her amends.

Oprah does not love her mother at all…She gives her a great deal financially but she does not give her the respect and affection a daughter should, and that bothers me. Vernita did the best she could with Oprah, who was a willful, runaway child."

Wowsa! She's just not who we thought she was!

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75 comments to “Oprah Lied About Being Raised In Filth And Sexual Abuse, New Book Claims”

  1. 1

    I'm not a big Oprah fan, really, but don't you think that if everything she said was lies, we'd have heard about it by now?

  2. 2

    I don't know if I believe this or not. If it's true, then O is totally whack. Remember when she made such a big deal when that guy who wrote a supposedly non-fictional book, which she recommended to her book club, and it later turned out he fabricated much of it? She acted so butt hurt about that, and even had him on her show to rub his nose in it. If those tales she tells are lies, then she is a hypocrite of epic proportions.

  3. 3

    The book better touch on Oprah having kunt-lapping tendencies, else just another disappointment.
    We all know she's iinto carpet … too bad there's no sex tape with Oprah, or is there ?!?

  4. 4

    I think it's disgusting that Oprah had to endure these people in her childhood. The woman is going to readily give Kitty Oprah's biological father's name but not her? That's one strike against her crazy family. Second, it's sad when children are in pain and their sexual abuse goes ignored by others. It's obvious to me that Oprah was a victim of abuse. Her family is just choosing to ignore it. She also mentioned on her show awhile back how it hurt her that people in her family questioned the truth including her father. Sorry but this is nonsense and I feel so sad for her

  5. 5

    No lying about Miss Carr being on the shit list!!!!

  6. 6

    It's a bunch of fabricated crap. This book is gonna end up in the 99 cent bin in no time…

  7. 7

    She she doesn't like her mother and didn't have roaches… but Oprah would NEVER lie about being molested! I hate this Kitty biotch

  8. 8


  9. 9

    who really believes this bullshit!!!! THIS CRAP!!! ugh its annoying

  10. 10

    jealous jealous bitchh!

  11. 11

    That's hard to believe. . .
    Re: sleezy*e
    You're right.

  12. 12

    I wonder if it's in the book about an infamous interview encounter she had locally here in Baltimore while co-hosting the WJZ talk show "People are Talking" in the 80s.

    She was interviewing Frank Purdue, of Purdue Chicken:
    Oprah: Does it bother you any when people say you look like a chicken?
    Frank: Does it bother you any when people say you look like a baboon?

    Oprah stormed off the set, and they immediately went to commercial. Once the show came back, both Oprah & Frank Purdue were gone, and her co-host Richard Sher (which she was rumored to be "involved" with) had to carry on the rest of the show as if nothing happened.

    It was just Priceless!

  13. 13

    Vernon Winfrey (not her real father) who helped raise Oprah doesn't have nice things to say about her or Gayle. Oprah's mother never seemed "motherly". Her family won't even acknowledge the abuse she suffered as a young girl by a family
    member. It must be incredibly sad and difficult for her to not have a solid family ties. No wonder she is so close to Gayle. At least she has somebody.

  14. 14

    Oh fuck off… I guarantee this is all bullshit to sell her crappy book. Where is the proof? Some random cousin who is pissed that Oprah wont pay all her bills?

  15. 15

    Must be true or else Orka would be sicking her lawyers on the woman by now.

  16. 16

    Dunno this lady is on to something.

  17. 17

    Lol, I don't trust any adult that calls a child "willfull".

  18. 18

    What brilliant timing, to bring this book out now, as Oprah bows out from generic TV. Kitty Kelly is one fucking whore.

  19. 19

    This is complete bullshit. Clearly someone wanting to make some cash. Who the hell would lie about being molested? I'm not buying it at all.

  20. 20

    Oprah isn't that big of a saint as everyone makes her out to be. She's just another power whore, who tells lies after lies to cmake everyone else happy. Fuck that bitch.

  21. 21

    The cousin is obviously not on the gravy train. She's hoping to make money by making up a bunch of junk about Oprah. Anyone could figure that out.

  22. 22

    she probably has a lot lot of hate in her

  23. 23

    oh please first off this women is trying to sell a book so she will say or write anything for attention, second I'll wait til Oprah responds to these allegations herself. I don't really care either way she's still Oprah!

  24. 24

    One of my friends was a guest on the Oprah show…and said she was the biggest bitch and he couldn't stand her. I think she's fake…sure she gives away tons of things…but honestly it probably costs her 1% of her entire income to do so, if that. Most people probably just give her stuff so it promotes on the show as it is. She's too "powerful" for her own good, and it wouldn't surprise me to find out she's as fake as Heidi Montag….

  25. 25

    Why in the hell should I believe these people? They have no more credibility than Oprah herself. And it changes nothing. In my eyes anyway.

  26. 26

    "large living room that had a fireplace and rocking chair" Oooh luxury hahaha. This women is just trying to sell a book.

  27. 27

    Oprah has done so much for the 3rd world countries out there, for ppl to turn on her because of some bogus relative trying to get a quick $$$, thats just silly.

  28. 28

    Why not just grab a journalist and push for a news article about this subject? If this woman is trying to sell a book, obviously she is going to stretch her assertions to market the thing.

    Honestly I think the truth falls somewhat in the middle. Oprah may not have been raised in total squalor, but from all of the biographies done before this I don't doubt she had a rough childhood that catalyzed her motivation to become successful.

  29. 29

    Sounds like someone's bitter and just wants to make a quick dollar.

  30. 6one9 says – reply to this


    If Oprah lied about being sexually abused ““` then she can GO fuck herself “` seriously!! This shit is nothing to be made “up!! My whole family “`ran to denial land when I told them that my father has abused me.
    So there ya have it!! “ my 2 cents!

  31. 31

    this sounds like a whole lot of BS to me.

  32. 32

    Actually, Oprah admits she was a "wild, willful child," but blames it on her sexual abuse.

  33. 33

    Everyone on TV is fake and will do ANYTHING TO GET YOUR MONEY…ANYTHING!

  34. 34

    I hate people like this. Oprah's mother is lucky she even gives her FINANCIAL support. "willful, runaway." Oprah was living with her grandma in a cabin in the woods with no running water as early as 6 years old. I think earlier than that.

    This woman is playing with FIRE when she claims the molestation is a lie. FIRE. And she's gonna get burned. This makes me sick.

    KEY: You can't just listen to what a person says. Ask WHY they are telling you and why now? Motivation. Furthermore, It makes me sick to my stomach when rich people get criticized for helping people. All I ever hear is, "What about how much they DON'T give? Why do they buy themselves expensive things? Why aren't they helping 2,006 people instead of 2,005"? If you want to criticize the rich just google the Walton family.

  35. 35

    If anyone starts doubting Oprah or looking at her negatively over this, they're HUGE IDIOTS!! Even if any of this were true, who cares! Look at all that this woman has done for s0o0o0o0o0o many of the less fortunate! "She's just not who we thought she was!" I hope this blogger's not serious!

  36. 36

    I don't believe for a minute that Oprah made up the molestation. She may be guilty of exaggeration of the poverty of her youth but her relatives, frankly seem like jealous losers.

  37. 37

    Can everybody stop the Oprah bashing? My god. If this was a man would anybody say that he was not telling the truth and only told a story to get ahead? Would anybody call a man too aggressive or power hungry?
    Because Oprah is a woman she is labelled a bitch and power whore? Please!
    Whether this is all true or not about her lying about her past, one thing is certain–Oprah must be given credit for her success. She is a Black African American woman who is self made. She became a huge success and nobody helped her along the way. She did it all herself and she must be admired for that.
    Go bash Donald Trump or Rupert Murdoch. Are they not power whores as well? Nobody hears any criticism about them!

  38. 38

    Kelly has written books on many celebrities this is not the first! I like to see her write a book on herself for a change and see what went on in her private life! Write that Kitty! MEOW!

  39. 39

    It wouldn't surprise me if much of what Oprah has said about her life was a lie. People do anything for money.

  40. 40

    All celebrities are full of SHIT. They all lie on a daily basis, whatever way the wind is blowing at the time is the direction they take. Oprah is no exception….Bababooey

  41. 41

    Should I read it?

  42. 42

    what oprah did is called building rapport with your audience and NO you would have not heard about it before. the public does not respect someone where things came easy. so she builds rapport with ppl by pretending, "i'm just like you." it's a common sales technique and many celebs come up w/bs abuse stories to make the public think that they are just like you.

  43. 43

    i reckon she was just left off the will and is pissed

  44. 44

    c'mon!! this is all fake crap!! Oprah's show has been out for more than 20 years….and this person decides FINALLY to come out with it NOW!?!?!?!?

    smh at these attention whores…

  45. 45


  46. 46

    kitty litter

  47. 47

    O has made her $$$$$$ so perhaps has laughed her way to the bank all this time???

  48. 48

    I think that whatever Oprah decides to give her family, they should be happy with. I come from an abusive family too and I know first hand that when confronted the snakes will lie to protect each other. I don't think she lied one bit about her abusive upbringing.

  49. 49

    This is all bs! Oprah would never lie about these things! If she did she would've ruined her career long ago. Not even Oprah could've got away with such a lie. This lady is a piece of shit!

  50. 50

    Oprah is the most amazing person living today. What is wrong with this woman, why is she doing this? Trying to hurt somebody who has never harmed her in any way, and has done so much good, is plain EVIL.

  51. 51

    perez…pretty irresponsible of you to write "Wowsa! She's just not who we thought she was!"

    you are basing this on one person's account…and by the way, an unauthorized biography of Oprah…to boot.

    compared to the good she has done for this world in general…do we need to even list the amazing work she's done???? remember how her show caught pedophiles on the run? how about all the people who are financially suffering in the US…she's given and given and given back. why do people always have to destroy a good thing with senseless crap?

  52. 52

    I thought it was funny that I never heard Oprah talk about her mother. I thought maybe she was dead.

  53. 53

    So you automatically assume that a relative who would speak to a trashy biographer like Kitty Kelley is more reliable than Oprah herself? None of us were there, we don't know.

  54. 54

    Re: 6one9:( sorry to hear that. I hope you are ok.

  55. 55

    None of these rumors area big deal - I think it's disrespectful to Oprah.. We don't need to know every tiny detail of her personal life… Unless she's having some juicy lesbian affair, I don't really need to hear dirty deets!~

  56. 56

    This woman contradicts herself. She says, "Maybe this was the only way for a poor child to succeed and become rich." YOU JUST CALLED HER POOR, FOOL!

  57. 57

    i hope this isn't true.
    i love oprah

  58. 58

    I believe what that cousin says. Oprah ALWAYS came out with the deets on her past when that particular subject was "fashionable" or "in" at the time! I have always felt that Oprah was nothing more than an upscale Jerry Springer.

  59. 59

    AS IF! Oprah would not admit that she lie because that's what people want to hear….and the truth is boring! that is just bullshit.

  60. 60

    FINALLY, I knew it would come out.. I always found OPRAH fishy… she had the perfect SOB story to tell everyone… She IS a liar.

    Do you all remember when she went to AFRICA to help out the poor "Black" children. Well did she mention that she only helped out the FULLY black children.. not the ones that were brown. She discriminated. I have a friend I work with and she goes to South Africa for 6 months every year and she told me about it. How Oprah made it seem like she was helping, but in reality she was only helping if the people were as black as black and not the actual population who are fair skinned black people. YAH… she is full of shit. She built a school for girls, but only let the dark skinned black girls in. Not only that, but a lot of the people she donated money to weren't EVEN POOR. A lot of people there have jobs, and save a lot of money, BUT CHOOSE to save it and therefor they live in shacks… well she gives them money and they don't even need it… trust me there is a lot more going on in these stories that she posts like she is helping people.. Dont believe her lies..

  61. 61

    the statement I wrote is ALLEGED… but I always STILL found her to be FAKE.

  62. 62

    nah the big O a liar?!?!?! neeeever! This honky needs to shut her trap and go back to suburbia and sit in her rocker..

  63. 63

    I don't understand why she's that popular, i saw her on her TVshow and i wasn't impressed. The only thing she did was: talk!

  64. 64

    What a load of crap! I don´t believe for a second that Oprah would lie about beeing sexually abused! It´s so disgusting that people choose not to believe the victim!

  65. 65

    I have never really been an Oprah fan..but I think these folks are just lyin to get paid.. Isnt the cousin Katherine Carr like 100 She only wants money for her medication..She will say anything..As for the "father"that isnt the father..Hes just mad that he isnt getting paid anymore..I think like all humans Oprah has a past with SKELETONS but WHO Cares Shes human!

  66. 66

    I do not like Oprah at all. She is snobbish & contrite. I don't know why she has a single guest on her show because she won't let them get a word in. She answers all of her own questions before they have a chance to open there mouths! Cant wait till she is off of the air! though I am sure we have not seen the last of her.

  67. @v@ says – reply to this


    Oprah's been breathing rarified air for a while now. It was bound to happen eventually. On The View they mentioned that they weren't talking about this because 'friends' should back each other. True, but media is about media, and not about closing ranks like doctors being sued. The View doesn't seem to afford this to anyone else when rumors pop out. Just saying.

  68. @v@ says – reply to this


    That said, Oprah is more than perfectly capable of coming to her own defense. Communicating is what she does. I can't see her seeking special treatment because she has ungodly money and influence. I see her addressing claims in her Oprah way.

  69. 69

    She's exactly what I always thought she was … a self-serving, self aggrandizing famewhore.

  70. 70

    I don't believe a damn thing about what this random woman has to say. I sense some jealousy here and lots of lies. I bet she is just using all these twisted stories to get people to buy her book. What sucks is that she would actually make up lies and play around with a relatives' emotion and feelings to earn money.
    If Oprah was lying, I am sure her immediate family members would have step up and something after all these years

  71. 71

    Nobody truly knows except her her susponed molester and God. Every charity she does she makes darn sure her name is all over the place so if she was doing it out of her TRUE heart she would donate anny. But she wants full credit for everything just like the skanklina Jolie. She better be carefull…cause Karma is a bitch I have heard lots of richy ass celbs go broke and she may just end up in a shack with cockroaches…as for I was raped at 6 years old. I have lived in places filled with cockroaches, not now. I have truly had a rough life and proof to back all mine up. I knew she was phony first time i saw her therefore i dont watch her. One question and before everyone says "charity" she does so much for charity….. "what the hell is so great about her?????" i mean really. She cannot even keep a man and all the money in the world is lonley with no TRUE love to share with or keep you warm at night. My husband takes great care of me giving im dying of tumor in my back and need major neck surgery and im only 36. When the attachs hit me he goes gets me something to eat or makes me somthing when and if i can eat. I may be poor but I have somebody that loves me til death do we part and we meet again.

  72. 72

    Well not that theres anyway to prove that, but if it were true, it really wouldn't be shocking. It's unfortunate that the majority of audience love a good cinderella story and look up to oprah because of her 'struggles in life'. Growing up in filth to becoming one of the richest women in america because of that. It's kinda disgusting actually….

  73. 73

    Does all this crap really matter? I mean Kitty Kelley gets $$ from the misfortune of others. I still have not forgiven her for all the crap she wrote about Lady Diana…
    Bitch will say anything for a buck!

  74. 74

    I've researched sexual abuse for 17 years. I've worked my own recovery around it and known many other survivors. In almost every single case, if the perpetrator is a family member, then most family members (including extended family) play the whole "protect the perpetrator" game. If those family members do not find recovery, they usually deny, minimize, dismiss, and demonize the accuser. No one wants to deal with having a sexual abuse perpetrator in their family. Often the very relatives who deny it are also victims of the same perpetrator (or other family abusers). They resent the accuser for speaking out because they are scared to deal with their own abuse and still scared of the perpetrator. Some family members do not want to own that they did not protect the child. What's incredibly painful for the accuser is often families act as if the accuser is actually victimizing THEM by telling the truth. I've been watching Oprah for more than 20 years. There is a lot more to a sexual abuse survivor than just them saying they've been sexually abused. The truth is not JUST in someone's words. It's in their face, tone and actions. Observing Oprah over all these years, I find her to be absolutely credible.

  75. 75

    I can't believe you believe this stuff perez. it's usually hard for me to believe anybody with these kind of stories but I 100% believe Oprah is being honest and genuine about everything she's ever said. This kitty person is washed out and is looking to get fame and fortune.