Celebrities Who Revealed Secrets About Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is one of the most powerful celebrities in Hollywood. She climbed the ranks from having one of the most popular talk shows ever to having her own television network. With that power, she has inspired many and even has people hoping she runs for president one day.
So why is she so popular? It turns out she is very supportive of many other celebrities, which isn’t surprising, given she has been a source of inspiration for many for decades. Over the years, these stars have revealed all of the things Winfrey has done for them behind the scenes and even revealed some surprising secrets about her personal life.
Here are 15 celebrities who revealed secrets about Winfrey.
1. Paul McCartney says Winfrey didn’t want him to work on this song with Kanye West
Many were shocked to see Paul McCartney and Kanye West collaborate, including Winfrey. The rock star said on Mastertapes, “I get this track back, a thing called ‘All Day’: he’s taken my melody and he’s made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word — a lot!”
He then continued, “People like Oprah, who’s a little conservative about that stuff, said, ‘You shouldn’t do it, even black people shouldn’t use that word. I said, ‘Yeah, but it’s Kanye! And he’s talking about an urban generation that uses that word in a completely different way. It’s the context. So I was actually pleased with it.”
Next: This producer said he and Winfrey have ground rules to maintain their friendship.
2. Tyler Perry revealed he and Winfrey have ground rules
Working with your friends could get dicey. So the two producers decided to have some ground rules in order to protect their friendship.
“The main one: Both of us have to continue to live in our truth,” Tyler Perry told Essence. “If she doesn’t like something, say it. If I don’t like something, I’ll say it. And we’ll figure it out and keep moving on.”
Next: Gayle King reveals the best gift her friend ever gave her.
3. Gayle King said the best gift Winfrey ever gave her was a live-in nanny
After someone has a baby, there are many ways to make life easier for them. But Winfrey went the extra mile for her best friend, Gayle King revealed when asked about the best gift Winfrey ever gave her.
“After I had my second baby—and they’re 11 months apart, where you say to the doctor ‘I thought this diaphragm was supposed to work,’ — she gifted a live-in nanny,” she revealed on Bravo.
Next: This celebrity was scolded by Winfrey for not putting on her own shoes.
4. Mariah Carey said Winfrey told her to put on her own shoes
Mariah Carey is known for being a diva, but she took some advice from Winfrey on the things she should keep doing herself.
“Oprah told me, ‘Don’t let anybody think that you don’t put your own shoes on anymore,’ and she’s really right,” she said on Mariah’s World. “Problem is some of these shoes are abusive and I can’t put them on and I’m not going to lie about it.”
Next: Winfrey gave another actress a great baby gift.
5. Mindy Kaling said Winfrey gifted her a bookcase after having her baby
Winfrey is definitely the best gift giver and took her A Wrinkle in Time co-star by surprise. “All you want in life is to hear that two men in a U-Haul truck are coming to your house because Oprah sent them,” Kaling told USA Today. “I was supposed to go to work that day [but I was like], ‘I gotta be here.’”
She continued, “They arrived with a hand-carved bookcase, prettier than any professional dollhouse you had ever seen that contained a hundred of the classic essential books in children’s literature.” She said she revealed the gift to her baby like this: “And I held my baby up to it and I said, ‘Did you see what Miss Winfrey did for you?’”
Next: This show creator was told to slow down by Winfrey.
6. Tina Fey said Winfrey suggested she was doing too much
The writer created and starred in 30 Rock for years, all while working on other projects. When she did meet Winfrey. she was given a big wakeup call.
“By the way, when Oprah Winfrey is suggesting you may have overextended yourself, you need to examine your f—ing life,” she wrote in her book, Bossypants.
Next: This comedian said Oprah Winfrey is like this when drunk.
7. Chris Rock said Winfrey is hilarious when drunk
What is a higher compliment than being called funny by a comic? There isn’t one, and Chris Rock paid it to the producer in an interview.
“Oprah IS hilarious when she’s drunk,” he said in an interview. “It’s like Fight Club. It’s Oprah Club … anything that happens at Oprah Club stays in Oprah Club.”
Next: The producer said Winfrey turned down this role.
8. Lee Daniels said he wrote a serial killer role for her
The producer got Winfrey’s attention with his earlier work so he was determined to write a role for her. What did he come up with? A serial killer because, as he told her, “No one will see it coming. You, a serial killer!”
Gayle King told him, “She’ll never do it” but they did eventually work together on The Butler.
Next: This singer was scolded by Winfrey for this reason.
9. Jennifer Hudson said Winfrey put her in her place for being late to her show
Jennifer Hudson was late to performing on Winfrey’s show, due to snow in Texas. Hudson said she stopped people from lying to Winfrey about why they were late.
“When I got there I said ‘Yes Mama Oprah’, and if anybody gonna put you in your place it’s Mama Oprah right?” she said on Watch What Happens Live! “And oh she did, but, you know, I was upfront and honest about it.”
Next: This comedian had his house shut down by Winfrey.
10. Kevin Hart said Winfrey made him put his house on lockdown
Winfrey went to Kevin Hart’s house to interview him and made sure the house was on lockdown to do so. ” He said, according to UPROXX:
Oprah came to my house and shut my house down. She interviewed me at my house. Oprah was like, “Kevin? Nobody in or out of the house. Phone lines gotta go off. Security needs to go around the perimeter.” No one could come in or out of my house! I asked whether I could go to the bathroom in my own house.
Next: This director says this is when she remembers Winfrey isn’t just a regular person.
11. Ava DuVernay says she forgets she’s Oprah Winfrey until her butler walks in
The director has such a close friendship with Winfrey that she no longer gets starstruck by her. But she did reveal how she gets brought back to reality when hanging out with her.
“I enjoy hanging out with her. I often forget — I forget she’s you know Oprah,” she said on The View. “I’ll forget until the butler walks in and then you’ll be like, ‘Oh yes, right, I forgot.'”
Next: This actress bruised Winfrey in a scene.
12. Lynn Whitfield bruised Winfrey while filming Greenleaf
The actress gets into some heated scenes with the producer on Greenleaf. At one point, she even ended up bruising her by poking her in the chest! “I was being a little bit timid about it and then our director Clement Virgo said, ‘No, you’ve got to let her have it.’ And I really had to work it out in my mind,” Whitfield told Essence.
She said she had to remind herself, “This is not Oprah. This is my sister who’s all up in my business and messing up my life and threatening my livelihood. I had to talk myself into the story and lose sight of the fact that I was letting Oprah have it. Oh goodness. Before I knew it, that little finger was right out there. It’s funny but it wasn’t funny in the moment.”
Next: Winfrey texted this actor congratulations after his historic win.
13. Sterling K. Brown said Winfrey texted him after his Golden Globe win
Many people were happy for Sterling K. Brown making history for his Golden Globe win for his role on This Is Us. That includes Winfrey.
“Oprah wished me congratulations over text!” Brown told E! “She’s very cool. She’s very sweet.”
Next: This Oscar winner surprisingly said Winfrey has been his mentor.
14. Kobe Bryant revealed Winfrey has been a mentor to him
The NBA champion surprisingly won an Oscar at the 2018 Academy Awards. Afterwards, he name-dropped a few people who helped him along the way.
“The first person I called was Oprah,” Kobe Bryant said in the Oscar press room, referring to his decision of starting his own studio. She reportedly talked to him about how she started Harpo Productions.
Next: This actor was called in for a private intervention by Oprah Winfrey.
15. Jamie Foxx said Winfrey staged an intervention for him
When the Oscar winner was partying too hard and drinking, it was Winfrey who reportedly stepped in. She called him and said “You’re blowing it,” according to Jamie Foxx in a Howard Stern interview. “[She said], ‘All of this gallivanting and all this kind of sh*t, that’s not what you want to do … want to take you somewhere. Make you understand the significance of what you’re doing.’”
He said she gathered multiple actors at the home of Quincy Jones. That included Sidney Poitier, who told him, “I want to give you responsibility. When I saw your performance [in Ray], it made me grow two inches.”
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