What caused Shania Twain, Oprah Winfrey convo to turn ‘sour’


Shania Twain learned never to talk about religion at the dinner table while out with Oprah Winfrey.

The country pop star, 57, shared on the podcast “Table Manners with Jessie Ware and Lennie Ware” on Wednesday that the divisive topic made her conversation with the media mogul, 68, turn “sour.”

“It was great to just sit and have real talks, but as soon as we started talking about religion, it all went sour,” Twain — who did not specify when the dinner took place — said, adding that she then told Winfrey, “Let’s stop talking about religion!’”

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Shania Twain said once she spoke of religion with Oprah Winfrey the conversation turned “sour.”
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The “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” singer said there were clear differences between her and the former talk show host because Winfrey is “quite religious” and Twain considers herself more “spiritual.”

“I’m not religious in the sense that I’m dedicated to a religion,” she explained. “I’m much more of a spiritual person. I’m a seeker.”

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Twain talked about her dinner with Winfrey on the “Table Manners with Jessie Ware and Lennie Ware” podcast.

Despite their conflicting points of view, Twain said she was open to having a conversation but the topic just “wasn’t debatable” for Winfrey.

“There was no room for debate, and I like to debate,” the “From This Moment On” singer said. “Canadians like to debate everything. So, I’m like, ‘Oh, OK. It’s time to change the subject.’”

A rep for Winfrey did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment on Twain’s claims.

In an interview with AARP Bulletin in 2015, the Oprah magazine founder, who grew up Baptist, opened up about her relationship with her faith and how she views those of different backgrounds.

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Winfrey is “quite religious,” Twain, who considers herself more “spiritual,” said.

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Winfrey is “quite religious,” Twain, who considers herself more “spiritual,” said.

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“For me to live in a world that is not inclusive of other people who are not Christian would be the opposite of Christianity,” she said at the time. “I can’t define ‘God,’ so to be open to the mystical and mystery of God is a natural part of myself.

She added, “So people criticize me for not being what they are, and I say, it’s working for me and has worked for me and continues to work for me, in a way that fills me with a sense of peace and contentment about what God means to me.”

Although Winfrey and Twain had a bump in the road at that dinner, that did not stop the two women from working together.

The “You’re Still the One” singer has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and she also starred on her own reality show on Winfrey’s OWN network called “Why Not? with Shania Twain.”

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