Oprah Winfrey has received a major apology from Swiss tourism officials after the mogul experienced racism while shopping in Zurich, Switzerland.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Winfrey revealed that while in town for Tina Turner’s wedding, she was shopping alone when a store clerk refused to show her a handbag, claiming that the $4,000 purse was too expensive for her.
Oprah ask several more times to see the bag, but the clerk refused. “One more time, I tried. I said, ‘But I really do just want to see that one,’ and the shopkeeper said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hurt your feelings,’ and I said, ‘Okay, thank you so much. You’re probably right, I can’t afford it.’ And I walked out of the store,” the Lee Daniels’ The Butler star told ET’s Nancy O’Dell.
“There’s two different ways to handle it,” Oprah said. “I could’ve had the whole blow-up thing…but [racism] still exists, of course it does,” she added.
Swiss officials took to Twitter to apologize to Winfrey. “We are fuming – this person acted terribly wrong. We are sorry this happened to @oprah,”the officials wrote.
Officials also told The Associated Press that they are “very sorry for what happened to her.”
To add a little perspective to the story, Oprah made $77 million in the last year, according to Forbes. Oprah also topped the publication’s list of top powerful celebrities of 2013.