Oprah, Stepmom in Ugly Eviction Battle
Barbara Winfrey given 60 days to vacate house
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2014 9:57 AM CDT
Updated Apr 1, 2014 10:59 AM CDT
Oprah Winfrey arrives at 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Montecito Award ceremony on Wednesday, Feb, 5, 2014 in Santa Barbara, Calif.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Oprah Winfrey is evicting her former stepmom from the $1.4 million Tennessee home Oprah owns. After an ugly divorce from Oprah's dad, Vernon Winfrey, late last year, 66-year-old Barbara Winfrey now has 60 days to vacate the estate, the Tennessean reports. Oprah originally bought the home for her father and his wife in 2001, but it remained in her name; she originally wanted her stepmother out in 10 days, but a judge recommended Oprah give her more time, and Oprah's attorneys extended the time frame.

Oprah had previously offered Barbara Winfrey another house—a house Barbara originally owned, but which went into foreclosure in 2012. Oprah bought the house at that point, and later offered it to Barbara, but she turned it down. Barbara says that she would have had to sign a confidentiality agreement relating to Oprah had she accepted the house, but a rep for Oprah says the house was offered "free and clear." It seems Barbara is planning to talk freely about Oprah now: "She knows I know the story. And to set me out now, why shouldn't I just tell my story?" Barbara tells WATE. "You're a billionaire. God blessed you to be a billionaire and this is what you do? [This home] it's where I lived for 13 years. That's where my memories are."

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GumboGodess
Apr 5, 2014 8:06 PM CDT
Uhh..Oprah is filthy rich. Why be so unnecessarily hateful? Expend that money and energy evicting this woman? Oprah held the purse strings on the house so she could do this later, if she wanted. That's evil.
professortech
Apr 2, 2014 10:34 AM CDT
We see this too often in cases of divorce. Once the parents split they have nothing to fight over except the children's billion's. ;-)
Bob
Apr 2, 2014 8:13 AM CDT
I'll take Barbara Winfrey's old house if she does not want it. Oprah, are you reading this? Every time you come to town, Oprah, I'll wash you car and shine your shoes and say thank you for the opportunity to do it! Two things about this story: 1. When a person earns a lot of money, like Oprah, your relatives somehow think you are supposed to share it with them. Say again??? Oprah did not win the Powerball, she earned her money through guts and determination. I am not a big fan of Oprah, but I respect her as a business woman. Anything she gives any of her relatives is a pure gift and not an entitlement. 2. When people marry later in life, for heaven's sake, get a pre-nup, or put things in a trust or whatever. See a lawyer before you get married. Likely the marriage will end with the death of one of the spouses. The problem is each spouse often has grown children from a previous spouse/relationship. Those children and the step parent do not love each other and are not devoted to one another - usually. So where does the money go? Sometimes the terrible situation arises that a mom or dad works for years to build an estate to pass along to children and grandchildren, but then after getting remarried, the new spouse's family inherits the whole mess and their own kids are cut out.