Thursday, March 17, 2016

Oprah and Tyler Perry No Longer BFFs?

Insiders claim Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are bumping heads and no longer friends...

From The Daily Mail  
Things grew tense with the pair late last summer when 62-year-old Winfrey suggested Perry hire some additional script writers to help develop his shows, particularly the top-rated drama The Have and the Have Nots.
She shared with him research from focus groups and the general consensus from executives at the company was that the writing could be 'improved significantly.'
'That's when Oprah finally got to see a side of Tyler she hadn't experienced yet. He resisted her feedback, the same way he resists the feedback of critics and media people who chastise his work, and became extremely defensive with her.
'He told her, "Aren't the shows delivering ratings for the network? Well, then let me do what I do and you can keep your focus group research to yourself",' reveals the source.
The professional squabble caused the two to stop communicating as much personally.
'Gone were the days of them having long phone conversations and texting late into the night.'
But things went from bad to worse when Winfrey caught wind of a feature story on Perry in the December 28, 2015 issue of New York Magazine. With a headline that read: 'The Brand Keeping Oprah in Business.'
Winfrey was outraged by the narrative presented in the article, especially because she conceded to be interviewed for the piece.
'She knows Tyler is a micromanaging control freak and she felt that he was aware of the story's title and didn't make sure it was killed.
'She believed it was done in spite and has told Gayle and her other close friends, she's putting space between she and Tyler,' says the source.
During the 2015 Christmas holiday, Winfrey took her longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham, best friend Gayle King and her two children, Hollywood director Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo and his wife and children - along with her niece for a vacation together in Fiji.
However, absent from the trip was her regular vacation buddy, Perry.
'She just didn't want him there. She is not happy with the place their friendship is in and decided she didn't want any awkward moments on vacation,' the source says.
'Perry did however have a massive bouquet of flowers delivered to their residence in Fiji on Gayle's birthday.'
During press rounds to promote the new season of The Have and the Have Nots in New York earlier this month, Perry told attendees at a private press dinner: 'I need to clear up that New York Magazine headline.
'I'm not keeping Oprah in business. She was in business long before I was even doing I am doing and she was success before I was working in entertainment, so I just needed to say that.'


Arii said...

You can't be friends too long with the kids. They always turn into catty rivals.

blackorchaid said...

She not lying the show can use a some improvement.

Anonymous said...

Some of it may be true but way too many details for all of it to be imo

Anonymous said...

2 girlfriends arguing nothing new.

MsDYS said...

Agreed 12:27pm

Anonymous said...

Yep, 12:41. That's what bitches do. Oprah should know better. Anywhooooo, I'm good with the writing. The shit is ridiculous and keeps me in stitches. What you can do, Oprah, is throw some money at those sets. Them shits is horrific.

Anonymous said...

Everyone can make room for improvement and the fact that Oprah has professionals telling him he needs to is an issue. I really like the for better or for worse but that laughing in between weak azs comedic punches is horrible. One of my favorite shows is now a show I no longer watch because its painful.

Anonymous said...

Tyler was like look bish you just greedy you got Gail can I please have Steadman. Oprah said hells no get my chirren out uh here... and that's how the feud started.

Anonymous said...

Can't have two alpha-females going toe to toe like that.

Anonymous said...

Two egomaniacs. clash of the queens

Anonymous said...

12:27 yessss!!!!
That's where the adults vs. kids in adult bodies part ways!!

Anonymous said...

Oprah is in to quality
Tyler dont give a phuck about quality
All he is concerned about is
quantity = $$$$$$

Tiffanyinthecity said...

I need Oprah to hire. I'll do write whatever she wants. Lol

Anonymous said...

Tyler better not play with Lady O. She be dun fucked his so dam bad the last place we'll see him will be when he has to stop by Iyanla.

JDent said...

I have a good friend. Writer in L.A. She was asked to write a spec script on a popular show. She said ok. I'll write about one of the Tyler Perry soaps. She was told bluntly. No. No Tyler Perry spec scripts.

I think she a great writer. She works steady. In Hollywood ppl usually speak about other artists symbolically. So others think his writing is not that damn good, too.

My question is why Oprah needed a focus group or whatever to tell her that. As much as she reads she had to know that from the jump.

But she needed him. Shitty writing or not he did deliver her some viewers.

He should thank Black folks for keeping him on, because others won't.

Anonymous said...

I think Tyler Perrry is doing amazing writing for THATHN'S No help needed..let it go...let him be...

Anonymous said...

Tyler Perry's THAHN'S was so full of OUTSTANDING and OUTRAGEOUS DRAMA that my blood pressure went up from watching it. Tyler Got It and No one else can get it!

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