Oprah Winfrey was ambushed by a man claiming to be her ‘secret son’ after leaving a recent taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The 61-year-old media mogul was photographed as she attempted to deal with the man, Calvin Mitchell, during an awkward encounter outside Colbert’s New York studio on October 15.
The National Enquirer arranged for Mitchell to run into Winfrey after he claimed he wanted to reconnect with the talk show host after becoming estranged from her for 20 years.
Mitchell told Radar on Monday that Winfrey once asked his mother to adopt him at age 11 after he and the billionaire mogul met on the 1992 set of ABC’s movie-of-the-week, There Are No Children Here.
Mitchell said that he became suicidal and depressed after his relationship with Winfrey ended years ago.
The Enquirer reported that Winfrey was upset that Mitchell had reached out to the tabloid to talk about their past just days before their meeting outside the studio, and that he pleaded with Winfrey for forgiveness.
‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, but it was the only way to get in touch with you,’ Mitchell reportedly told Winfrey.
He then asked if they could talk, at which point Winfrey reportedly told him; ‘Honey I’m on my way to the United Nations right now so I can’t talk to you.’
She then reportedly added; ‘Calvin, you just take care of yourself.’
After her TV appearance, Oprah was ambushed outside Manhattan’s Ed Sullivan Theater by her ‘long lost son’ Calvin Mitchell (L) following a 20-year estrangement
The two-time Oscar nominee was seen greeting the 35-year-old truck driver, who claimed she once asked his mother to adopt him at age 11Mitchell told Radar Online: ‘I want to ask Oprah, “Why did you leave me? Why did you leave me?” I’m still empty. I’m still searching. I don’t have closure to this. I just don’t understand’ Keeping in touch or pushing away? Winfrey pressed her hand against Calvin’s chest in a familiar way before he left his phone number with her reps for further contactWinfrey – who boasts a $3 billion fortune – would allegedly send gifts to the boy with notes addressed: ‘To my son Calvin, I love you’Calvin, who later became suicidal after she ‘abandoned’ him, said: ‘I was young. I made a dumb decision, and Oprah wouldn’t forgive me. I feel like what she did was wrong’Abusive, poverty-stricken upbringing: In the past, Oprah has reportedly said she never ‘felt compelled’ to have children ‘because I wasn’t mothered well’ by Vernita Lee – who was too busy working as a housemaidChildhood memories: He said he charmed Oprah by offering her a Diet Coke, and she offered him a job as her ‘personal bodyguard’ before asking his mother Eva if she could adopt himOprah at the Stephen Colbert Show. The 61-year-old media mogul – who just purchased $45M shares of Weight Watchers – recently announced she’d successfully shed 15lb on the diet plan since August 12