Oprah Winfrey and boyfriend Stedman Graham leaving the Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC on April 5, 2014.

Oprah Winfrey and boyfriend Stedman Graham leaving the Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC on April 5, 2014.

*Oprah Winfrey reportedly went into panic mode on the first day of filming her new movie “Selma” as she tried to organize a $1.6 billion bid for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The entertainment mogul was among several investors who formed a consortium to buy the NBA team after its owner Donald Sterling became embroiled in a racism scandal.

Winfrey was on set on the day she signed the paperwork for the bid, and had to run around the film lot looking for a fax machine to make sure the offer was put on the table.
“I was in the middle of these scenes while making the bid – literally the first day I was going to shoot,” Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight. “I had to run upstairs in the building, find a fax machine – we’re putting in the bid and I’m signing it, and I’m thinking, ‘How ironic is that? I’m playing a woman who can’t get the right to vote, and now you’re putting in a bid.'”

Winfrey’s consortium eventually lost out to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, who paid $2 billion for the team. She admits now that her business advisers warned her against buying the team.

“We went over that number ($1.6 billion), and then we went over that number again, and by the time we got to the final number (it was no longer) a good business decision,” she said. “But for me? I was doing it. You know, my lawyers were like, ‘Do you even like basketball?’ I said, ‘Yes, I love basketball! And this is gonna be so much fun!’… I thought it would be entertaining… $2 billion? – Ok, now that’s my limit.”

Officials at the National Basketball Association ordered Sterling to sell the team and fined him $2.5 million after he was caught on tape making racist remarks.