WATCH: Oprah Speaks Out On Paula Deen, ‘She Was Used As A Symbol’

Oprah Winfrey is in the middle of a media blitz promoting her return to the screen in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and, of course, the Paula Deen questions were inevitable, considering the subject matter of the film.

Oprah has spoken in vaguer terms about how the movie, which follows the 34-year tenure of an African-American White House butler, has shed light on her own struggles with racism, and touched very briefly on her official stance on The N-Word in an interview with Parade.

But this is the first time Oprah has come out and connected racism with her good friend Paula Deen, currently embroiled in a bitter discrimination suit.

Said Oprah to Nancy O’Dell on Entertainment Tonight: “I think Paula Deen was used as sort of like, a symbol, but I think that lots of people use that word inappropriately all the time.”

Asked if she had any plans to interview Paula in the near future, Oprah replied, “I don’t know. I think, you know, when she’s ready to talk…For me it all just felt kind of sad.”

You can check out a clip of Oprah’s interview below.

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