Oprah Winfrey 'Upset' by 'Disturbing' Taraji P. Henson Feud Rumors

After the speculation about their relationship was fueled by Taraji's story about rental cars, the media mogul insists that she has been 'the champion for everybody' on 'The Color Purple' set.

AceShowbiz - Oprah Winfrey has spoken up on rumors that she's feuding with Taraji P. Henson, who stars on "The Color Purple" for which Oprah serves as one of the producers. Met on the red carpet of the 2024 Golden Globe Awards, the former daytime talk show queen shut down the speculation once and for all.

"It's so disturbing to me. Why is my name even in this conversation? Why is my name in this conversation? 'Cause I have just been the champion for everybody," Oprah told "CBS Mornings" host Gayle King at the Sunday, January 7 event.

"The thing that is so upsetting to me is that ... something went viral where they're analyzing us on top of the Empire State Building," she said of their body language in a photo that was scrutinized by some social media users. "We were cold! It was cold. That was the fourth thing we had done that day."

The beef rumors were fueled by Taraji's recent story that she had to fight for "The Color Purple" cast to be given drivers. "I heard that Taraji was upset because she had been asked to [use] a rental car," Oprah shared her side of the story. "I personally called Toby Emmerich, who was at the time the head of Warner Bros., and he said, 'Well, that means we have to do cars for everybody.' And I said, 'Then we do cars for everybody. And if it's necessary, I will pay for the cars myself.' He goes, 'Well, we don't want you to do that.' "

"So that was one thing, trailers were another thing, food was another thing. And everything got handled," she went on claiming.

Oprah echoed the sentiments in an interview with ET. "I would just like to say about this whole Taraji thing ... I heard I was trending yesterday," she said at the same event. "People are saying that I was not supporting Taraji."

"Taraji will tell you herself that I've been the greatest champion of this film," the 69-year-old insisted. "Championing not only the behind the scenes projection but also everything that everybody needed. So whenever I heard that there was something that someone needed, I'm not in charge of the budget because that's Warner Brothers you know that's the way the studio system works."

She continued, "We as producers, everybody gets their salary everybody is negotiated by your team. And so, whenever I heard there was an issue or there was a problem, there was a problem with a cars or the problem with their food, I would step in and do whatever I could to make it right. And I believe that she would even vouch for that and say that is true."

"I am all for everybody being the greatest and rising to meet the rising of their own life," Oprah added. "There was something online about us being separated at the top of the Empire State Building. On that particular day, we were so cold so I don't know what kind of body language people were talking about. I was literally just trying to stay warm and that was the fourth thing we had done. There's no validity to there being a thing between Taraji and I."

Taraji previously said that Oprah "has been nothing less than a steady and solid beacon of light to ALL OF THE CAST of The Color Purple!!!" She went on raving on Instagram back in December, "She has provided ENCOURAGEMENT, GUIDANCE and UNWAVERING SUPPORT to us all."

"She told me personally to reach out to her for ANYTHING I needed, and I did!" the "Empire" alum continued. "It took ONE CALL… ONE CONVERSATION… and ONE DECISION MAKING BLACK WOMAN to make me feel heard. Thank You Ms. @OPRAH For ALL That You Do."

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