Bosses at Paris, France's Hermes store have been forced to apologise to talk show queen Oprah Winfrey after refusing to let her into their posh store last week (14JUN05).

Winfrey was turned away when she turned up at the shop to buy a gift for pal Tina Turner, because staff were taking part in an after-hours public relations event inside.

In a statement released yesterday (22JUN05), Hermes bosses said, "Hermes regrets not having been able to accommodate Ms Winfrey and her team and to provide her with the service and care that Hermes strives to provide to each and every one of its customers worldwide.

"Hermes apologises for any offence taken, due to such circumstances."

23/06/2005 02:45