Report: Oprah was serious bidder for Clips

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
12:50
PM PT
According to a story by the Business Insider, Oprah Winfrey was a serious bidder to buy the Los Angeles Clippers, but the price tag became too high.

Winfrey recently revealed that she went back and forth in negotiations before former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was announced as the highest bidder with a whopping $2 billion offer for the Clippers following the Donald Sterling scandal.

Winfrey, while on the set of "Selma," a movie she is producing and starring in about Martin Luther King Jr. and Lyndon Johnson, spoke to "Entertainment Tonight" about how it would be "so much fun" to be a team owner.

“I was in the middle of these scenes while making the bid -- literally the first day I was going to shoot. … I had to run upstairs in the building, find a fax machine," Winfrey said. "We’re putting in the bid and I’m signing it, and I’m thinking, ‘How ironic is that? I’m playing a woman who can’t get the right to vote, and now you’re putting in a bid [to buy a professional sports team].’”

Winfrey explained that she had a number in mind but that in the end the high price tag just didn't make sense.

“We went over that number and then we went over that number again, and by the time we got to the final number, [it was no longer] a good business decision. But for me? I was doing it," she said. "You know, my lawyers were like, ‘Do you even like basketball?’ I said, 'Yes, I love basketball! And this is gonna be so much fun!’”

Winfrey eventually pulled out of negotiations, saying, “2 billion -- OK, now that’s my limit!”

At least Winfrey won't have to worry about friends hitting her up for tickets all the time.

"That’s one reason I’m glad we didn’t get it," she said, "because a lot of people would be like, ‘Oprah, got any Clippers tickets?'"

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