Oprah Winfrey’s longtime beau Stedman Graham recently said Chicagoans do not fully support his partner.
“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 in an interview with WFLD-Channel 32 news, according to EURweb.com.
Graham was promoting an event for his charity Athletes Against Drugs, but when news anchors spoke about Chicagoans not yet realizing that Winfrey will possibly relocate, he reportedly expressed his frustrations with the city.
“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 explained that Winfrey’s show reaches 20 million people in 116 countries, has done charitable work worldwide and has brought a lot of attention to Chicago.
Winfrey announced in 2009 that her show will end after its 25th season in 2011.