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Oprah Winfrey announces U.S. arena tour

Oprah, now coming to a city near you!

That’s right: Oprah Winfrey is going on tour. In the fall of 2014, Winfrey and a few special guests will embark on a series of “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekends,” traveling to arenas in eight cities. Every stop will last two days. Each Friday, Oprah will share her personal story; each Saturday will see a day-long gathering of other leaders and pop culture figures.

“All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space,” Winfrey said in a press release. “I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it.”

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Oprah Winfrey to sell Harpo Studios in Chicago

Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years.

Winfrey filmed The Oprah Winfrey Show at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.

“We have entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay for the four-building Harpo Studios campus in Chicago’s West Loop,” Harpo told Crain’s Chicago Business in a statement. “We expect the transaction to be closed in 30 days. The property will be leased back to Harpo for two years and the studio will continue to produce programming for OWN.”

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Oprah Winfrey raises $600,000 for charity with yard sale

Oprah Winfrey has raised more than $600,000 for charity with a yard sale — and, as the Los Angeles Times reported, she still has 250 lots up for sale.

One of the top items from her home was a set of six embroidered 18th-century armchairs that went for $60,000, nearly 10 percent of the money raised so far. A combination of in-person bids at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and online bids boosted some items to more than 10 times their estimated value.

All proceeds from the yard sale will go to Winfrey’s girls leadership academy in South Africa.

Oprah 'sorry' for frenzy over Switzerland racism claim

Oprah Winfrey says she’s “sorry” that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.

“I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland,” Winfrey said Monday night at the Los Angeles premiere of Lee Daniels: The Butler.

“I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don’t expect that you would be able to be there,” she continued.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse.
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Oprah receives apology for racist encounter

Oprah Winfrey says she had a racist encounter while shopping in Switzerland — and the national tourist office and the shop owner have apologized.

The billionaire media mogul told the U.S. program Entertainment Tonight that a shop assistant in Zurich refused to show her a black handbag priced at $38,000 because “you will not be able to afford that.”

Forbes magazine estimates that Winfrey earned $77 million in the year ending in June.

Winfrey was in town to attend last month’s wedding of her longtime pal Tina Turner, who lives in a chateau along Lake Zurich.

“We are very sorry for what happened to her, of course, because we think all of our guests and clients should be treated respectfully, in a professional way,” Daniela Baer, a spokeswoman for the Swiss tourism office, told the Associated Press on Friday. READ FULL STORY

Dr. Oz to launch lifestyle magazine with Hearst

Dr. Mehmet Oz is trying something new: his own lifestyle magazine.

Hearst Magazines said Monday a pilot issue will be published early next year, followed by a second issue, “which could lead to a regular frequency in the second half of 2014.”

In a statement, Oz said the magazine “will provide women with everything they need to feel inspired and live a long, healthy, joyful life.”

Earlier this month, “The Dr. Oz Show” won its third Daytime Emmy Award for best informative talk show.

Oprah Winfrey giving $12M to new African-American museum

Oprah Winfrey is giving $12 million to a museum being built on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall that will document African-American life.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture announced the gift Tuesday and said the museum’s 350-seat theater will be named after Winfrey. Winfrey previously gave the museum $1 million, and the museum says her $13 million total contribution is the museum’s largest to date.
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Nate Berkus to Oprah: 'Being gay is the way that I was born.'

In a special interview with Oprah, Nate Berkus discussed how he approached his sexuality with his father. 

Berkus asked his dad if he respected him and thought he was smart and his dad said yes. “And I said ‘Dad why would I choose to make my life more difficult — why would anyone choose to make their life more difficult?’” Berkus said. “The truth of the matter is that being gay is the way that I was born. I believe this to the core of my being.”

People has the full clip here. The special airs Feb. 10 and Feb. 17 on OWN.

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