6 August 2013 12:51 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Oprah Winfrey is opening up about the Paula Deen N-word controversy. Following the embattled Southern chef's public fall from grace, the media mogul sat down with E! News Monday at the NYC junket for Lee Daniel's The Butler and shared her thoughts on the criticism the former Food Network star received after admitting to past use of the racial slur. "I think that Paula Deen represented, you know, millions of people who have used the word," the media mogul exclusively told E! News when asked if she believed the backlash was fair. In May, the celebrity chef's reputation was irreparably damaged after she admitted in a video deposition to using the N-word as part of a $1.2 million lawsuit »

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