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Kid Rock unapologetic about slamming Oprah Winfrey, others in Nashville tirade
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Kid Rock is unbowed and unapologetic in a fresh controversy involving Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities.



During a recent visit to his Big Honky Tonk & Steakhouse in Nashville, the Romeo, Mich. native (real name Robert Ritchie) -- who still has property in Clarkston and recently sold his house in Detroit -- was filmed launching into a drunken, profanity-laced tirade in which he makes crude sexual references to Winfrey, Joy Behar of "The View" and Kathie Lee Gifford before being helped off stage by security. Rock, who denied being racist during the speech, feuded over political issues with Behar last year.



TMZ posted the video on Nov. 29.



Rock, 48, defended himself on social media, writing that "My people tried to get me to do The Oprah Winfrey show years ago and her people wanted me to write down 5 reasons why I love her and her show...I said f*** that and her. End of story." He did go on to say that, "I am just saying what a lot of people think. Not saying I should be, but sometimes I just do. Oh well. I have a bit mouth and drink too much sometimes, shocker! I also work hard and do a ton to help others but that's just back page news because the press hates I love Trump. f*** them too. I am what I am. I ain't what I ain't."



Rock did elaborate that "by the way...I love Kathy Lee Gifford."



Winfrey, Behar and Gifford have not responded to Rock's comments.



Rock -- who has a bi-racial son and black and female members in his Twisted Brown Trucker Band -- is no stranger to controversy over racism. He took heat for using a Confederate flag backdrop during his concerts, which he abandoned some years ago, and his concert opening Little Caesars Arena during September of 2017 was protested by activist organizations.



Rock received a Great Expectations award from the NAACP during 2011, which was also protested; During the organizations Fight For Freedom Fun Dinner he gave $100,000 worth of donations to a variety of charities and told the crowd that "I've never flown that (Confederate) flag with any hate in my heart, not one ounce" and proclaimed that "I love black people!"



Rock most recently performed in the metro area during September when he and Twisted Brown Trucker played four shows at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.

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