Oprah & Tyler Perry Say Some Black People Are Not Comfortable With Their Massive Success

When Oprah remembers the time Tyler Perry first started writing shows for her OWN Network, she recalls not believing in all of his work, but trusting that he knew what he was doing.

By Robert Stitt

According to The Grio, Winfrey recounts, “I would say, ‘I think that’s too much! It’s over the top! Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening!’”

Perry, already a star in his own right, wasn’t about to back down. Oprah remembers that he would come right back at her with “I know this audience better than you do, I know what the audience wants. I’m telling you it’s gonna work.” She notes that so far, he’s always been right.

Perry now has four shows on the OWN Network, two dramas “The Have and Have Nots” and “If Loving You Is Wrong,” and two comedies “Love Thy Neighbor” and “For Better or Worse.”

The Grio notes that shows like “The Have and the Have Nots” virtually saved the OWN Network, which was on some pretty unstable ground before Perry came along with his ideas. Since Oprah brought him on, Perry’s shows have pulled in the best ratings on the network, including a record-setting season finale for “The Have and the Have Nots” which pulled in almost 4 million viewers.

Not everybody likes or approves of Perry’s work. He doesn’t care, and neither does Winfrey. She says, “There is no way to be a person of color who is accomplished and not have other people try to take you out, and most importantly, your own people. Your own people will do it because we are not accustomed to that level of success, so when you see it, surpassing anything you ever imagined, what people do is they criticize it because they don’t understand it.”

“Black people think that because you are black, you have an obligation to only tell certain sides of our color and our culture. You are not allowed to tell all of who you are. You are not allowed to show to the ‘white folks’ all that we are as black people,” Perry adds.

What makes a funny man like Perry smile? His 1-year-old son Aman. Oprah agrees, she says that since Perry became a father, he is “softer, gentler, kinder, more introspective, funnier, laughs more, smiles more.” That’s quite a list for somebody who was already known for many of those traits.

It looks like the rumors about Perry and Winfrey fight were just that..rumors.

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