OPRAH Winfrey‘s mom Vernita Lee collapsed in tears after the media mogul revealed on her show that she had recently learned she has a half-sister named Patricia.
Lee secretly gave Patricia up for adoption at birth.
Oprah met Patricia over Thanksgiving and persuaded her sibling to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
“Poor Vernita never wanted the show to happen,” a source told American tabloid the National Enquirer.
“She had kept the secret of Patricia’s birth to herself for 47 years.
“She never wanted to meet Patricia and certainly didn’t want Oprah involved.
“But no one ever took Vernita’s feelings into consideration.
“Once Patricia agreed to do the show, Oprah had tunnel vision — big ratings were all she could see.
“Vernita does what Oprah tells her to do — because Oprah pays the bills.
“So when Oprah told Vernita they were doing a show and she wanted Vernita to appear, she felt she had no choice. They even taped a segment at Vernita’s Milwaukee condo, because she was too weak to travel to Oprah’s Chicago studio.
“Vernita was embarrassed by the show because she believed it made her look like a loose woman and a bad mother.
“She felt stripped of her dignity. She had hoped she’d take the secret about Patricia to her grave.”
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