Taraji P. Henson SHUTS DOWN rumors she’s feuding with Oprah Winfrey after fans speculated tensions were brewing on The Color Purple press tour


Taraji P. Henson is shutting down rumors that she’s feuding with Oprah Winfrey.

The rumors kicked off earlier this week when a video shared by photojournalist mickmicknyc went viral that many fans think is evidence that there is tension between the two.

The clip was taken while the pair were busy promoting The Color Purple — which Taraji stars in and Oprah produced — atop the Empire State Building in NYC earlier this month.

A TikTok user by the name of openmichero analyzed the pair’s body language and suggested that Taraji was ‘trying to hold back tears’ while posing for photos with Oprah and her co-stars Fantasia Barrino and Danielle Brooks.

They also said that Oprah and Taraji were exhibiting ‘closed up’ body language and accused the TV icon of purposely ‘not looking’ at the Oscar nominee.

But Taraji took to Instagram Thursday to standup for Oprah — who she called a ‘beacon of light’ that’s given her nothing but ‘unwavering support.’

Taraji P. Henson is shutting down rumors that she's feuding with Oprah Winfrey

Taraji P. Henson is shutting down rumors that she’s feuding with Oprah Winfrey

But Taraji took to Instagram Thursday to standup for Oprah ¿ who she called a 'beacon of light' that's given her nothing but 'unwavering support'; seen December 13

But Taraji took to Instagram Thursday to standup for Oprah — who she called a ‘beacon of light’ that’s given her nothing but ‘unwavering support’; seen December 13 

She included a photo of herself and Oprah smiling and standing side-by-side during the same Empire State Building press junket.

‘It is so important for black women and ALL women of color to support each other. It is also imperative to have women of color in decision making positions across ALL industries,’ Taraji’s caption began.

She then made reference to a recent interview she gave, where she shared her frustrations at making far less than some of her white co-stars in past projects.

‘Thank you for responding to my message with the compassion, understanding and support that I’ve received,’ she continued.

Taraji then shifted focus to the speculation around her and Oprah’s relationship.

‘With that being said… Ms. OPRAH has been nothing less than a steady and solid beacon of light to ALL OF THE CAST of The Color Purple!!!’ she wrote.

‘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!’

Taraji thanked the legendary talk show host for helping center Black female voices in the entertainment industry.

She included a photo of herself and Oprah smiling and standing side-by-side during the same Empire State Building press junket

She included a photo of herself and Oprah smiling and standing side-by-side during the same Empire State Building press junket

'Ms. OPRAH has been nothing less than a steady and solid beacon of light to ALL OF THE CAST of The Color Purple!!!' she wrote; (L-R) Taraji, Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks and Oprah at the Empire State Building on December 12

‘Ms. OPRAH has been nothing less than a steady and solid beacon of light to ALL OF THE CAST of The Color Purple!!!’ she wrote; (L-R) Taraji, Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks and Oprah at the Empire State Building on December 12

'Ms. OPRAH has been nothing less than a steady and solid beacon of light to ALL OF THE CAST of The Color Purple!!!' she wrote; (L-R) Taraji, Oprah and Danielle Brooks pictured at the Empire State Building on December 12

‘Ms. OPRAH has been nothing less than a steady and solid beacon of light to ALL OF THE CAST of The Color Purple!!!’ she wrote; (L-R) Taraji, Oprah and Danielle Brooks pictured at the Empire State Building on December 12

'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,' the Empire star concluded; (L-R) director Blitz Bazawule, Taraji, Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks and Oprah pictured on December 12 at the Empire State Building

‘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,’ the Empire star concluded; (L-R) director Blitz Bazawule, Taraji, Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks and Oprah pictured on December 12 at the Empire State Building

‘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,’ the Empire star concluded.

On December 12, Taraji joined her co-stars Fantasia, Danielle and Oprah to light the Empire State Building purple in honor of The Color Purple.

The upcoming film — which also stars Halle Bailey and Euphoria’s Colman Domingo — is adapted from the 1982 Alice Walker novel, the 1985 non-musical Steven Spielberg film and the 2005 musical.

The project was helmed by Blitz Bazawule, who previously directed The Burial Of Kojo (2018) and Beyonce’s visual album Black Is King (2020). 

Taraji stars as Shug Avery, which Fantasia previously played on Broadway from April 2007 until January 2008. For the new film, Fantasia plays the character Celie.

Oprah, Spielberg and music mogul Quincy Jones are listed as executive producers.

Oprah has a strong connection to The Color Purple as she originated the role of Sofia — which is played by Danielle in the new adaptation — in the 1987 film.

The upcoming film ¿ which also stars Halle Bailey and Euphoria's Colman Domingo ¿ is adapted from the 1982 Alice Walker novel, the 1985 non-musical Steven Spielberg film and the 2005 musical; Barrino and Henson pictured

The upcoming film — which also stars Halle Bailey and Euphoria’s Colman Domingo — is adapted from the 1982 Alice Walker novel, the 1985 non-musical Steven Spielberg film and the 2005 musical; Barrino and Henson pictured

This is Danielle's (pictured) first film for a major studio after her Sofia portrayal in the Broadway production saw her nominated for a Tony nomination

This is Danielle’s (pictured) first film for a major studio after her Sofia portrayal in the Broadway production saw her nominated for a Tony nomination

The stunning performance earned her an Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category.

This is Danielle’s first film for a major studio after her Sofia portrayal in the Broadway production saw her nominated for a Tony nomination.

It was recently revealed that she is up for a Golden Globe.

The Color Purple hits theater on Christmas Day. 





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