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Oprah’s India Gaffe ‘Unintentional’

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    Oprah Winfrey’s trip to India, as detailed on her OWN show “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” sparked controversy earlier this month when episodes aired in India to widespread disdain (I-W, July 27).

    Now, a spokeswoman for Harpo, the company that produces “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” has issued a statement reading, “The intention of the program was to explore the beautiful culture and spirit of the country. We enjoyed the time we spent there and were touched by the people who so generously shared their stories for the show.”

    “I certainly did not expect the velocity of schadenfreude, meaning people sort of lying in wait for you to fail, or make a mistake,” Winfrey said in a documentary that aired earlier this month titled “Oprah Builds a Network.”

    “There’s no way you can accomplish anything of any value without having a challenge,” she added.

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