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Ricki Lake Opens Up To Oprah About Her Burnt Down House

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ricki lakes talks about malibu house fire on oprah

Ricki Lake went on Oprah yesterday to talk about the fire that destroyed her Malibu house this summer, but fortunately didn't hurt anyone.

Here's what Ricki had to say about it:

"My nine year old went and got his brother and saved him… Unfortunately we lost everything that was in the house. It's tragic and it's scary but I'm so grateful. My children are healthy, I'm healthy; I didn't get burned in that fire… If there's some higher power looking out for me or what, I won't take it for granted. I never did before this happened and I never will."

More from Ricki:

"We got out with the clothes on our back - no shoes, nothing. It was terrifying but I also feel like, suddenly things are just things. I mourn the loss of that house even though I didn't own it… but I actually think my kids will learn a valuable lesson about how quickly things can change and you have each other and family is everything."

Very nice words, Ricki. We admire your take on the rough situation that you've gone through.

We wish you all the best, bb!

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10 comments to “Ricki Lake Opens Up To Oprah About Her Burnt Down House”



  1. 1

    Her story on Oprah didn't match up what we were originally told happened. She said on Oprah the fire was started by a "glorified candle" whatever that means. We were told when it happened that she'd been filling a kerosene space heater inside when the couch caught fire. So which is it??



  2. 2

    I'm so happy all of these celebs are "opening up". Jessica Simpson "opens up" about Nick's engagement. Russell Brand "opens up" about his wedding. Now Ricki will "open up" about her house fire. Who will be next? Maybe Kim K. will "open up" about her tuna taco.



  3. 3

    I would be surprised if the insurance company didnt sue her. Wasn't she like pouring kerosene inside the house? I remember that they said she was "refilling a portable heater"? What kind of jackass.
    1. has that kind of heater in a fuckin Malibu beach house?
    2. Refills it inside.
    3. Refills while either hot or near an open flame of some sort.

    She's a total jackass, and this was no accident. It was poor descision making.



  4. 4

    Ricki "It was horrible; we had to move into our Beverly Hills mansion. I was so embarrassed to be seen in Beverly Hills; what would my Malibu neighbors think?"



  5. 5

    I was waiting for her to say 'duh, I burned the house down', but she didn't. Wonder if it's because of the insurance or something?



  6. 6

    Poor Ricki. I mean really, who has the time to go house hunting for a new multimillion mansion. She has her obligations. Sit by the pool, play with the kids, build mansions in the backyard out of money. Oh, right it burned down. Build castles out of money in their rooms at the Plaza. Go shopping. Its so just annoying when filthy rich celebs pretend to be ordinary people.



  7. 7

    All of you haters there is nothing worse than a house fire. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. A number of years ago I lost everything to a fire. It makes you think twice about material things.



  8. 8

    It wasn't even her house. It was a rental. Pretty sure the owners don't see this event the same way that she does.



  9. 9

    Re: dholmas
    Did you cause the fire? If not, then she is still just a total dumbass. Was she camping in her mansion on the beach, or trying to save on PG&E?



  10. 10

    Amen to that!!