The scoop Morgan missed Piers… Oprah Winfrey reveals half-sister secret just days after his interview
He assured fans they would enjoy his interview with Oprah Winfrey when his new CNN show debuted earlier this month.
But Piers Morgan must be kicking himself today after Winfrey revealed she had a secret half-sister named Patricia on her own TV programme, The Oprah Winfrey Show, just days after talking to Piers in depth about her life.
The former newspaper editor took to his Twitter page to express his disappointment that he had failed to land the scoop of the century.
Earlier this month Piers described Oprah as ‘a great get’.
He said at the time: ‘Everyone has interviewed Oprah over the years. Is my interview as good as the ones that have been done before? She thought so. I guarantee you’ll enjoy this one.’
The woman, who is from Milwaukee, is nine years younger than her multi-millionaire half sister. The pair met for the first time last November.’
Yes, it is true,’ Winfrey told the audience. ‘It is true that my mother is also Patricia’s birth mother. That means Patricia is my half sister who I never knew existed.’
Winfrey’s mother Vernita Lee, gave Patricia up for adoption shortly after her birth in 1963 because she couldn’t afford to raise her.
Oprah had two half-siblings on her mother’s side – Jeffrey, who died in 1989, and Patricia, who passed away in 2003.
She met her secret half-sister – who, by coincidence, is also named Patricia – in November last year.
She told Oprah she had been searching for years for the identity of the mother and until the age of seven she lived in foster homes.
Winfrey, her half sister and mother were all reunited on the show which was broadcast on her OWN network.
Patricia, who did not reveal her last name, said she started thinking that Oprah might be her sister when she saw an interview with Vernita Lee on television.
The information Lee gave coincided with what she already knew about her birth family.
‘Her mother said that two of children had passed away, and I knew from my records that I had two siblings who passed away,’ said Patricia.
‘She said one was named Patricia and one was Jeffrey
‘The hairs on the back of my neck stood up, because I knew that one of my siblings and I shared the same name.’
‘I said no, that can’t be,’ Patricia said.
She said she tried to track down Lee, but was unsuccessful.
But she did manage to contact Oprah’s niece and DNA tests confirmed that they were related.
DNA tests proved that Patricia was an 85 percent match to Winfrey’s niece, who is the daughter of the first Winfrey sister named Patricia, who died in 2003.
Patricia contacted Winfrey at her production company in Chicago to say she suspected they were half sisters.
This later led to Oprah confronting her mother, who confirmed that Patricia was her half sister.
Winfrey said on her show she was 9-years-old and living with her father when her mother had the daughter and gave her up for adoption.
She said she never even knew her mother was pregnant.
Winfrey said on first meeting her half sister she was struck by her resemblance to her sister, also called Patricia.
‘You look just like Pat,’ Winfrey screamed, upon meeting her half-sister for the first time.
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