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Oprah has never forgotten the bearded man named Dennis. For years, nobody knew what happened to him…until one day an e-mail arrived. It was signed "the bearded man in Forsyth County, Georgia."

Dennis is here today to speak about his experience on the show and in the years since. "I would see [people] in the stores and they would go to the next aisle to keep from having to speak to me," he remembers.

He also wants to clear up a misunderstanding he thinks people have about his last interview with Oprah. "Let me say this…in front of God and everybody: I was not insinuating the 'n'-word towards you," Dennis tells Oprah. "I want to apologize for that. If you took it that way, I'm sorry."

Despite what Dennis thought, Oprah says she never interpreted it that way.

"I want you to know I never thought you were calling me a 'nigger' because I'm not one," Oprah says. "So there's no way I could have felt that."

How does Dennis feel about his original remarks?

"I spoke from what I had lived and that's all anybody can do," Dennis says.
FROM: Twenty Years of Oprah's Favorite Moments
Published on January 01, 2006


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