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Oprah on Chris Brown: She 'hopes he gets the counseling he needs'

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In an interview with People that hits newsstands today, singer Chris Brown takes Oprah to task for the domestic abuse episode the daytime diva aired last spring, and Oprah has fired back. About the episode, which was inspired by his situation with Rihanna, Brown told People: “I commend Oprah on being like, ‘This is a problem,’ but it was a slap in my face. I did a lot of stuff for her, like going to Africa and performing for her school. She could have been more helpful, like, ‘OK, I’m going to help both of these people out.'” Oprah had dedicated the show “to all the Rihannas of the world” and told her audience that “love doesn’t hurt. And if a man hits you once, he will hit you again. He will hit you again. I don’t care what his plea is.” A spokesperson for Oprah responded to Brown’s comments by saying: “Oprah is very appreciative that Chris Brown performed at her school, but she takes domestic abuse very seriously. She hopes he gets the counseling he needs.”