Oprah Winfrey Denies 39Troubling39 Taraji P Henson Feud Rumors 39Everything

Oprah Winfrey Denies 'Troubling' Taraji P. Henson Feud Rumors: 'Everything Has Been Cleared'


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Published January 8, 2024, 3:36 PM ET

Oprah Winfrey says there is no conflict between her and Taraji P. Henson.

The media mogul quickly denied rumors that the two had argued during red carpet interviews at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

“It's so disturbing to me. Why is my name even mentioned in this conversation? Why is my name in this conversation? “Because I was just everyone’s champion,” Winfrey, 69, told “CBS Mornings” host Gayle King.

“What's so troubling to me is that…something went viral when they were analyzing us on the roof of the Empire State Building.”

She explained: “We were cold! It was cold. That was the fourth thing we did that day.”

Winfrey – co-producer of “The Color Purple,” in which Henson stars – insisted she did everything she could to support Henson and the rest of the cast, which includes Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks and Halle Bailey to provide a positive filming experience.

Oprah Winfrey denied that she is feuding with Taraji P. Henson. FilmMagic “It's so disturbing to me. Why is my name even mentioned in this conversation? … Because I was just everyone’s champion,” Winfrey said. CBS

“I heard that Taraji was upset because she was asked to do this [use] “A rental car,” the former talk show host told King, 69. “I personally called Toby Emmerich, who was the head of Warner Bros. at the time, and he said, 'Well, that means we have to make cars for everyone .' .' And I said, “Then we'll make cars for everyone.” And if we have to, I'll pay for the cars myself.” He says, “Well, we don't want you to do that.”

“So that was one thing, caravans were another, food was another. And everything was handled.”

Winfrey echoed those sentiments in a conversation with Entertainment Tonight, saying, “Whenever I heard there was a problem or there was a problem – there was a problem with cars or a problem with their food – I stepped in and did whatever I wanted.” could make it right. And I believe that [Henson] I would even vouch for it and say it’s true.”

“Whenever I heard there was a problem or a problem [on the set of ‘The Color Purple’] … I would step in and do whatever I could to make it right,” Winfrey added. Jordan Hinton/Image Press Agency/MEGA

However, the multiple hyphen ensured that she was “not responsible for the budget” of the film.

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Speculation that there could be bad blood between Winfrey and Henson, 53, began last month after the latter tearfully told King that she was “tired of working so hard” and getting paid “a fraction” of what she was paid , what non-black actresses earn.

“I’m tired of hearing my sisters say the same thing over and over again,” she added. “I hear people say, 'You work a lot.' I have to. Mathematics is not mathematics.

Henson recently said she was “tired of working so hard” and only getting paid “a fraction” of what non-Black actresses earn. Portal

The “Empire” star further told the New York Times that she also had to fight behind the scenes of the film.

“They gave us rental cars and I thought, 'I can't drive myself to the location in Atlanta.' This is insurance liability; it is dangerous. Now they're robbing people. “What do I look like when I drive to work alone in a rental car?” she said.

“So I asked myself, 'Can I hire a driver or security to give me a ride?' I don't ask for the moon. They say, “If we do it for you, we must do it for everyone.” Well, do it for everyone! It's things like that, things I shouldn't fight for. I was on the set of Empire fighting for trailers that weren't infested with bugs.”

Henson also had an issue with getting a rental car instead of a driver. AFP via Getty Images

In the same interview, Henson emphasized that Winfrey was one of the “Color Purple” producers close to her.

The Golden Globe winner elaborated on this thought in an Instagram post, praising the media mogul for being “a steady and solid beacon for the entire cast of The Color Purple!”

“She has provided ENCOURAGEMENT, GUIDANCE and unwavering SUPPORT to all of us. She personally told me to contact her for ANYTHING I needed, and I did!” Henson gushed.

Henson praised Winfrey for being “a steady and solid beacon for ALL THE CAST OF THE COLOR PURPLE!” Jesse Grant

“It took ONE CALL…A CONVERSATION…and A DECISION TO MET BLACK WOMEN to make me feel heard.”

But social media users felt that the couple's “body language” in the attached photo – which was taken during press relations at the top of the Empire State Building on a particularly cold day in New York City – told a different story.

“I don't buy it. But I support you, Taraji,” one commenter noted, while another added, “Blink twice if she or the industry forces you to say that.”

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