Oprah's Stepmother Tells INSIDE EDITION Oprah Is Evicting Her
It's your first look inside the luxurious Nashville home at the center of a bitter dispute between Oprah Winfrey and her stepmother.
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent noted, "It's nicely decorated. Who did all this?"
"I did," answered Oprah's stepmother, Barbara Winfrey.
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The $1.4 million home is spectacular. It has cathedral ceilings, a grand piano and a chef's kitchen. But Barbara Winfrey's days of living there are numbered. She's being evicted in less than 60 days.
Trent said, "I see a few boxes here, but nothings packed. How many days do you have?"
"I think they gave me until May 29th," she said.
The 66-year-old retired school guidance counsellor gave INSIDE EDITION an exclusive tour of the home she once shared with Oprah's father, Vernon.
Oprah bought the property for Vernon and Barbara after they married in 2001. They lived there for 14 years, until their bitter divorce last year. Oprah was a regular visitor. She even had her own room.
Barbara showed the room to Trent, saying, "This is where Oprah used to stay. We call it The Bird Room."
But the day after the divorce was finalized, Barbara says she found an eviction notice slapped on her front door ordering her to vacate.
"You're losing all this. Why?" asked Trent.
"I really don't know," she said.
"Oprah owns this house?" asked Trent.
"Yes," confirmed Barbara.
"She took it over and she's kicking you out?" Trent asked.
"Yes," answered Barbara.
Oprah offered Barbara another house that she owns not far away, but Barbara turned it down. She says it was too small and Oprah wanted her to sign a confidentiality agreement, which she refused to do.
Trent asked, 'What is the problem with signing a confidentiality agreement?"
"I dont' have any reason to sign a confidentiality agreement," she stated.
"What do you say to people who say this is her house. She has the right to do whatever she wants," asked Trent.
Barbara replied, "She does have the right to do it, but is it the right thing to do?"
Now, Barbara says she has nowhere to go and wants Oprah to let her stay in the house she calls home.
Trent asked, "Do you think Oprah owes you a place to live?"
"No. Absolutely not. Oprah owes me absolutely nothing. I've never asked Oprah for anything and I never would. I'm just saying, I think it's the right thing to do," said Barbara.