Oprah Says Apology From Switzerland Not Necessary (+Video)

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 13, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Oprah Winfrey said in and Associated Press interview published Tuesday that an apology she received from the Swiss government for the way a store clerk treated her in Switzerland was not necessary. 

When she was in Switzerland recently for Tina Turner’s wedding, she told Entertainment Tonight, a clerk at the upscale store Trois Pommes refused to show her a $38,000 handbag, saying she wouldn’t be able to afford it. 

When the incident got much media attention, Oprah received an apology not only from the store, but also from the Swiss tourism ministry. Oprah said: “It’s not an indictment against the country, or even that store. It was just that one person who didn’t want to offer me the opportunity to see the bag. So apologies necessary from the country of Switzerland.”

She said she had dressed in her Donna Karan skirt and made sure she was presentable before going in the store, because “I know those people in the stores can be snooty pooty.”

Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.