In January, TMZ.com reported that Rachael Ray, after a little too much red wine at an L.A. restaurant, made some "disparaging racial remarks" about Oprah Winfrey regarding an image she had hanging up from her movie Beloved. But Ray went on the defensive, telling PEOPLE, "I felt bad for Oprah because it attaches my name to [hers]. I wrote Oprah a note and said I would never presume to redress your paintings."