UPDATE 10:20 A.M. EST: According to a source speaking directly to PerezHilton.com, all claims about the rift are “categorically untrue and fabricated,” and that the pair are “as close as ever.”
And they have evidence!
Apparently Oprah was just in Atlanta congratulating Tyler on his 800th episode. She even brought him this cake!
Seems like some pretty convincing — and delicious — proof…
But after working together on programming for Oprah’s OWN Network, the friendship between the media powerhouses has dwindled — and now, they allegedly only speak to each other about business!
According to reports, Oprah finds the Diary of a Mad Black Woman star “difficult to work with” after he brushed off her suggestions to improve his shows!
An inside source told The Daily Mail:
“When Tyler first brought his shows to OWN in 2012, it was a love affair between the two of them…But that relationship has soured in the last six months because Oprah finds Tyler difficult to work with and he doesn’t take constructive criticism well at all.”
The pair’s relationship grew tense last summer when Winfrey suggested Perry hire more writers to help develop his soap opera The Have and the Have Nots — after learning from focus groups the writing could be “improved significantly.”
The source went on to say Perry got “extremely defensive” over the suggestion, continuing:
“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, ├óΓé¼╦£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.'”
According to the source, O was quick to remind her friend the real reason he wanted to do a deal with OWN (you know, the network she OWNS) was because he lost his TV deal at TBS back in 2011 after he wouldn’t listen to the network’s feedback about improving his shows like Meet The Browns and For Better or Worse!
And after a similar creative squabble with the Queen of media, the two friends reportedly stopped “having long phone conversations and texting late into the night,” and now only talk about business!
But things got even WORSE when Oprah allegedly saw a feature story on Perry in a December, 2015 issue of New York Magazine with the headline: “The Brand Keeping Oprah in Business.”
Apparently, Oprah was outraged by how it was presented — and believed Perry was “aware” of the article’s title. The source added:
“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 [King] and her other close friends, she’s putting space between she and Tyler.”
How much space does Oprah need? Last Christmas, she took a group of friends on vacation in Fiji — which included Stedman Graham, Gayle King, Ava DuVernay, and David Oyelowo — but didn’t invite regular vacay 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.”
Ouch! If true, this is quite the saga of a decaying friendship.
What can we learn from this? Don’t piss off Oprah, or she won’t invite you to Fiji!
LOLz, we actually could have guessed that one…
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