Oprah and Paula Deen*Bottom line, Oprah Winfrey says, “You and I both know a lot of people use that word” while addressing questions surrounding beleaguered chef, Paula Deen, and her use of the n-word.

After months of silence, Oprah knew that, with the promotion of her new movie, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” press would be asking the question she would no longer be able to remain mute on.

“I think that Paula Deen represented, you know, millions of people who have used the word,” the media mogul told E! News when asked if she believed the backlash was fair.

As we reported, in May, the celebrity chef’s reputation was irreparably damaged after she admitted in a video deposition to using the N-word as part of a $1.2 million lawsuit filed against her by a former employee.

With that admission came an onslaught of dropped sponsorships and if recent gossip is on point, a potential dissolution of marriage.

“Unfortunately, she is a public figure,” Winfrey continued. “And whatever the situation was with the hearing that she had, or had said it and then went on TV and said she had only said it one time, but Paula Deen, I thought, represented a whole lot of people. And I think for the big issue to be made about Paula Deen was what the media does.”