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50 Cent tells Oprah why he named dog after her

June 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM ET

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50 Cent has a dog named after Oprah Winfrey.

It sure sounds like an uncomfortable situation: Explaining to a person you've been known to feud with why you named your dog after her. But that's just what rapper 50 Cent had to do when he sat down with talk-show host Oprah Winfrey for an upcoming episode of her OWN show, "Oprah's Next Chapter," People reports.

The musician and the talk mogul have had issues in the past. In 2006, 50 Cent and other rappers complained that Winfrey was intentionally keeping them off her show.

50 Cent at first told the host he thought naming his schnauzer Oprah was "cute," but later admitted his feelings towards her came into play when choosing it, though he tried to paint the situation in the best possible light.

"At the time I was just looking at the situation and I saw I was developing negative feelings for someone who doesn't even know me," he told Winfrey. "I gave it to the dog because I was excited about the dog."

Winfrey told the rapper that she considered the dog's name a compliment to her, "whether you meant it to be one or not," but later admitted she knew it wasn't meant as a compliment at the time.

She later flat-out asked him if he had greater affection for her now than when he gave her name to the dog, and the musician said, "Absolutely."

The rapper also has a Twitter account in his dog's name and often tweets photos of and notes from the pooch. "I (have) a babysitter for her when I travel," he told Winfrey.

Turns out 50 Cent also has a cat named for Winfrey's best friend, Gayle King. And Oprah told the rapper she herself has five dogs.

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