The woman who was with Oprah Winfrey (search) on her ill-fated trip to a Hermes (search) store in Paris last week said the chat-show queen calls the boutique's refusal to admit her "one of the most humiliating moments of her life."
Gayle King (search) broke her silence about what happened when the upscale handbag store locked its door on the star.
"It was almost like a scene out of 'Crash,' " King told "Entertainment Tonight," referring to a recent film about racism. "We joke about it being Oprah's 'Crash' moment, but it really wasn't a joke."
As The Post reported Monday, Hermes employees refused to admit Winfrey after claiming they have been "having a problem with North Africans."
Hermes tried to diffuse the controversy by issuing a statement saying the store did not bar Winfrey but that it had been closed for an in-store party — but King disputed that.
"I saw it, and it was really, really very bad," she said. "People were in the store and they were shopping, Oprah was at the door and she was not allowed in."
"Oprah describes it herself as one of the most humiliating moments of her life," she said.
King said Winfrey will devote an entire show to the incident.