Where’s The Fax Machine?! Oprah Went Crazy On ‘Selma’ Set To Bid On LA Clippers
Oprah nearly lost her marbles on the set of Selma, her new Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, while scrambling to place her $1.6 billion bid for the Los Angeles Clippers, EurWeb reports.
The talk show titan revealed she was running around the film lot — searching for a fax machine — to organize a consortium to buy the Clippers, which became the main attraction of a bidding war after its owner, Donald Sterling, became entangled in a racist rant scandal.
Oprah, who teamed up with music mogul David Geffen for the joint bid, wanted to make certain that the paperwork was filed and that her offer was placed on the table.
“I was in the middle of these scenes while making the bid — literally the first day I was going to shoot… I had to run upstairs in the building, find a fax machine — we’re putting in the bid and I’m signing it, and I’m thinking, ‘How ironic is that? I’m playing a woman who can’t get the right to vote, and now you’re putting in a bid [to buy a professional sports team],” Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight.
Unfortunately, the talk show legend’s frantic episode was all in vain — Oprah lost the sports team to Steve Ballmer, a former Microsoft CEO, who sealed a cool $2 billion deal with Shelly Sterling.
Oprah bowed out gracefully, though; there was no way she was going to pay more than $1.6 billion for the Clippers, especially after her business advisers warned against it.
“We went over that number [$1.6 billion], and then we went over that number again, by the time we got to the final number [it was no longer] a good business decision,” she continued.
And if your ever wondered if Oprah even likes basketball, well, here’s your answer:
“You know, my lawyers were like, ‘Do you even like basketball?’ I said, ‘Yes I love basketball! And this is gonna be so much !’. . . I thought it would be entertaining. . . $2 billion? — Okay, now that’s my limit,” she said.