Oprah Winfrey has bought cars for her audience — but she can’t buy family harmony.
At least that was the case when the Queen of Talk purchased her father’s struggling barbershop in Nashville at a foreclosure auction, only to get a fuming stepmother as part of the deal.
“I know what’s going on. I’m tired of it, and I’ve had enough,” Barbara Winfrey told Nashville’s WSMV-TV in a rant accusing Oprah of muscling her out of the barber-shop business.
The family feud took root last year when Barbara Winfrey and Oprah’s 80-year-old father, Vernon Winfrey, moved their business from the run-down shop Vernon had been running for nearly 50 years to a new location a few blocks away.
But the couples’ business hit hard times and, according to Barbara, they still owed their bank $481,000 — even though the barbershop was only worth $350,000.
The bank foreclosed and put the property up for auction but Barbara planned to take out a new, bigger loan to re-purchase the shop.
But unfortunately Barbara was bidding against Oprah, who won the auction with a $475,000 bid and gave day-to-day control of the business back to Vernon. That, apparently, was the final straw for both Vernon and Barbara’s business partnership and marriage. Vernon filed for divorce shortly after the auction.