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Oprah plans to sell Franklin home where father lived with wife

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Oprah Winfrey is making a big decision involving her father and his divorce by selling the Franklin home he and his wife lived in for more than 10 years.

But Oprah's step-mother, Barbara Winfrey, is angry, claiming she's being put out with nowhere to go.

An Oprah representative said Thursday she is selling the $1.4 million home because her father no longer lives there. And Oprah says she even offered Barbara Winfrey another home for free, but she doesn't want it.

"Why should I be put out, other than the fact that you can do it? Because you're a bully, and that's what bullies do," Barbara Winfrey said.

Vernon Winfrey no longer lives in the Laurel Brooke home, but his wife said all of his stuff remains in the home and he still comes by.

"T-shirts, underclothes, they're still here," Barbara Winfrey said.

Channel 4 has learned Barbara Winfrey has been offered a settlement to keep a 2004 Mercedes she co-owns and to live in a north Nashville home.

According to Oprah's statement, "Barbara was offered to live in the north Nashville home free and clear, but chose not to accept it."

"I have not made a decision yet. That's my decision to make. It's not someone else's to make for me. My credit reputation has been destroyed, my credit has been destroyed. It's worth more than a home in north Nashville and a car that has 101,000 miles on it," Barbara Winfrey said.

It's the latest turn in a bitter, public divorce that started in June when Vernon Winfrey's barbershop in east Nashville went into foreclosure. Oprah bought it to save it.

Then came Barbara Winfrey's claims her husband pulled a gun on her and was unfaithful.

And, last week, Vernon Winfrey said he is now broke and wants Barbara Winfrey out of the Franklin home.

"I have no money to afford to give her to continue to stay there in almost a 20-room house. No one but her," Vernon Winfrey said.

Barbara Winfrey said she and her husband owned nine other properties, and that is why she refuses to take just the car and home in north Nashville.

She also said accepting the settlement being offered means she gets no alimony.

"I'm not divorced from him. I'm divorcing. So, what I'm saying is, if you want me out, put me out after the divorce is final," she said.

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