January 14, 2014
It's the racism rumor that wouldn't go away. Though Oprah first denied it on Jan. 11, 1999, for years, an Internet-spread rumor went unchecked that said Oprah had asked clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger if he had said that his clothes were not made for minorities (specifically "African Americans, Hispanics, Jews and Asians"), and that he said yes. It was not true, and Hilfiger had never even been on the show. The designer hired FBI agents and more to find the source of the rumor, to no avail. Winfrey finally did have him on the show in May 2, 2007, to clear up the whole ugly mess.