*As “The Oprah Winfrey Show” prepares to end next year, the TV host’s longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham went on a rant Saturday about the lack of props she’s been given in her home base of Chicago.
“I really don’t think they appreciate her. I don’t think they understand the value of who she is as a human being and what she’s done,” Graham said of Chicagoans in an interview with WFLD-Channel 32 news.
Graham was promoting a golf event taking place over the weekend for Athletes Against Drugs, a charity he founded. But when one of the anchors mentioned that the idea of Winfrey leaving town has yet to sink in for a lot of people, it apparently triggered some latent frustrations.
“I’m just saying from an insider’s point of view that I don’t think she gets her just due based on who she really is and what she’s done for the Chicagoland area. It’s home for her, and it’s just natural for people to kind of take her for granted — until you leave,” Graham said.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he pointed out that Winfrey reaches 20 million people a day in 115 countries, has done charitable work across the world and has drawn a lot of attention to Chicago.
“A prophet has no honor in its own town,” he said.
Asked if he will go to California with Winfrey, Graham said that though he intends to keep his business here, “I probably will be moving in that direction.”
The interview with Graham appeared to get off to a rocky start when an interviewer asked if she could call him “Mr. Oprah Winfrey.”