Oprah sorry for 'blown up' racism row

ONLY the most influential woman in show business could threaten the historic neutrality of Switzerland.

Oprah Winfrey's (below) handbags at dawn contretemps made international headlines, a fact she now regrets.

She said she's sorry a media frenzy erupted after saying she experienced racism during a trip to the country.

"I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I'm really sorry that it got blown up.

"I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland," she said, speaking at the premiere of her new film 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'.

In a recent interview, Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag.

Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 (€28,000) item.