Stedman: Chicago Doesn't Appreciate Oprah

Winfrey's boyfriend says city takes her for granted

By Marcus Riley
|  Saturday, Jun 5, 2010  |  Updated 9:28 AM CDT
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Oprah Winfrey and Steadman Graham at the Governors Ball following the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Ca., September 22, 2002. Oprah was presented with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.

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Perhaps it was the "Mr. Oprah Winfrey" comment that set him off.

Whatever it was, the talk show queen's longtime beau Stedman Graham had plenty to say to FOX Chicago Thursday about the city's lack of appreciation for Winfrey, especially now that she's ending the show and moving most of her operations to California.

"I'm just saying from an insider's point of view that I don't think she gets the just due based on who she really is and what she's done for Chicago," Graham said. "It's home for her, so I just think it's natural for people to kind of take you for granted until you leave. Until you don't have a show anymore. She's just done an excellent job, she's a great humanitarian and a great leader."

Graham spoke at length about Winfrey's worldwide reach and the attention she's brought on Chicago.

As for his own move West, Graham said that he'll "probably will be moving in that direction."

Graham's comments came after a cringe-worthy moment at the beginning of the interview when the anchor asked if she could call him "Mr. Oprah Winfrey," but he replied by saying "it's not how other people define you, it's how you define yourself."

Graham was promoting his Athletes Against Drugs Celebrity Challenge golf outing this weekend.

 

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