AH HA HA HA HA HA! Okay, I wasn’t even going to run this story, and then I thought up that headline, and I was just pleased as punch with it. So here goes:
According to TMZ, Rachel Ray, whose fascinating cooking show was eventually introduced to daytime TV by Oprah, had some disparaging remarks for the talk show queen during a December 2005 dinner. Ray, after throwing back several glasses of wine, reportedly mentioned a still from Beloved that hangs in the Harpo Productions office, showing Oprah in a skirt from the slavery era and with scars on her back. “Why is she wearing slave drag?” commented Ray. “She obviously has problems being black.” What does that even mean? Like, I understand that it’s not a very nice thing to say, but I don’t understand how you get from Oprah in a slave skirt to the “obvious” conclusion that she “has problems being black.” But I can’t say this is the first time something about Rachel Ray didn’t make any sense to me. There are plenty of other mystifying things about her. Like how she’s famous. And why no one’s shot her. Rachel also allegedly called Brad Pitt a “pussy” and Angelina Jolie a “skanky, backdoor cunt,” and she’s totally right on both counts. Two out of three ain’t bad, Rach.
Ray’s camp denies that she made any of those comments, of course, and, unless someone has this on tape, it’s pretty much destined to become a non-story, because I trust Rachel has enough sense not to repeat it in a press conference, Isaiah-style.