First, a disclaimer: This is strictly gossip. But according to TMZ.com, Rachael Ray has joined the ranks of Celebs Who Were Clearly Out of the Office the Day They Offered Sensitivity Training. At a dinner in L.A. in 2005, Ray apparently had a few too many and said much too much:
We’re told Ray became “extremely loud and aggressive,” and began dissing Oprah. Sources say she told the group about a portrait of Oprah that sits in the lobby of Harpo Productions in Chicago. It’s from the movie Beloved and shows Winfrey’s back, enhanced with scars. She’s also wearing a skirt from the slavery era. Back at the table, sources say Ray launched into attack mode: “Why is she wearing slave drag? She obviously has problems being black.”
I’m not really a fan of Ray anyway — I saw part of her talk show the other day and it seemed like she was just yelling — but I didn’t think she was a crazy a-hole either. She apparently had a few choice words for Brangelina too, but to me those are much less worrisome than the racist remarks.
Ray’s publicist says the story is completely false. Here’s hoping.