Oprah Also Turned On Rev. Wright

TV star didn't want to offend her audience, friend says
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2008 3:19 PM CDT
Oprah Also Turned On Rev. Wright
Oprah Winfrey attend Reverend Wright's church regularly from 1984 to 1986, and then sporadically through the early 1990s.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

Like Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey attended Jeremiah Wright's church but ultimately gave up on it, Newsweek reports. She went for nearly a decade, starting in 1984, and wasn't surprised by his angry sermons. But "Oprah is a businesswoman, first and foremost," a friend said. "She's always been aware that her audience is very mainstream, and doing anything to offend them just wouldn't be smart."

Her reasons for going were different: Unlike Obama, she wasn't seeking a sense of her black identity. "She's secure in her blackness, so that didn't have a hold on her," an Obama adviser said. Winfrey says she just grew weary of organized religion. "There is the Church of Oprah now," her friend said, laughing. "She has her own following." (More Rev. Jeremiah Wright stories.)

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