Oprah Winfrey was ambushed by a man claiming to be her ‘secret son’ after leaving a recent taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The 61-year-old media mogul was photographed as she attempted to deal with the man, Calvin Mitchell, during an awkward encounter outside Colbert’s New York studio on October 15. The National Enquirer arranged for Mitchell to run into Winfrey after he claimed he wanted to reconnect with the talk show host after becoming estranged from her for 20 years.
Mitchell told Radar on Monday that Winfrey once asked his mother to adopt him at age 11 after he and the billionaire mogul met on the 1992 set of ABC’s movie-of-the-week, There Are No Children Here.
The two-time Oscar nominee was seen acknowledging Mitchell outside the studios and pressed her hand against his chest in the familiar way she frequently does with fans – before he left his phone number with her reps for further contact.
Mitchell said that he became suicidal and depressed after his relationship with Winfrey ended years ago. The Enquirer reported that Winfrey was upset that Mitchell had reached out to the tabloid to talk about their past just days before their meeting outside the studio, and that he pleaded with Winfrey for forgiveness.
‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, but it was the only way to get in touch with you,’ Mitchell reportedly told Winfrey.He then asked if they could talk, at which point Winfrey reportedly told him; ‘Honey I’m on my way to the United Nations right now so I can’t talk to you.’ She then reportedly added; ‘Calvin, you just take care of yourself.’