Oprah Winfrey Finally Opened Up About Her Alleged ‘Secret Son'

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While leaving a taping of The Late Show earlier this month, Oprah Winfrey was “ambushed” by a man named Calvin Mitchell who claimed to be her “secret son.” In an interview with Radar Online, Mitchell said Winfrey “tried to adopt him as a boy, but then abandoned him as a teen,” which sent him “spiraling into a deep depression.”


Winfrey has finally spoken out about Mitchell’s allegations, and, surprisingly, revealed that much of what he claimed is true. She also filled in a few of the details he left out.

Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight:

“I met Calvin around the early ‘90s, I think it was 1992...I was doing a film for television called There Are No Children Here. We were shooting in the projects in Chicago and I was sitting on set during a break, and this cute little sparkly-eyed boy came underneath the yellow tape to hand me a soda.”


“I was so charmed by him that I started talking to him about his family, his school life, and found out that he was in a situation where his mother didn’t have a job and they were stuck in the projects.”

Winfrey and Stedman (awww, Stedman!!) eventually “paid for Mitchell to enroll in a local private school and found employment for Mitchell’s mother,” but he dropped out “after a brief stint.”

She claims she asked for Mitchell’s number after he approached her this month, but then found out the whole thing was a stunt set up by The National Enquirer.

“When I realized the whole thing was a setup, I was no longer interested in speaking to him.”


[Us Weekly]

Jenna Jameson is filming an Israeli reality show about converting to Judaism. Squint and read that sentence again. Jenna Jameson is filming an Israeli reality show about converting to Judaism. Now sit and think about that for a few minutes. All done? OK, let’s keep going.


Page Six writes:

...An Israeli television station will film the actress, who was born Catholic and had a change of faith following her engagement to Israeli diamond dealer Lior Bitton.

Bitton sat down with the Walla Isreali news site and teased that the couple’s personal lives will be fully exposed to the camera, but in a different way than in Jameson’s past.


Bitton said the untitled series is “something like Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which leads me to believe he’s never seen Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

[Page Six]

Chrissy Teigen will eat all the Crunch Berries she wants during her pregnancy, despite what you tweet at her.


[Us Weekly]

  • Kelly Rowland sort of seems like the kindest, most contented woman alive? [Us Weekly]
  • Nick Carter rocked a body right, and now he’s going to be a father. [ONTD]
  • Kim Richards was spotted filming RHOBH, presumably not at Target. [Radar Online]
  • Bobby Flay’s ex-wife Stephanie March: “It’s been quite a year.” OK, Steph, but give us the details. We’ve been waiting for the details for months! [Us Weekly]
  • Emma Stone would like you to start calling her “dragon,” please. [People]
  • Sam Smith announced he’s going to take a break. Innnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnteresting timing, eh? [ONTD]

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