Oprah Winfrey Addresses Taraji P. Henson Feud Rumors (Exclusive)

The media mogul dazzled at the awards show carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Oprah Winfrey has heard the internet's chatter -- and she's shutting it down!

On Sunday, Winfrey spoke to ET disputed the internet's claims that Taraji P. Henson was speaking about her, while addressing her experiences with pay disparity in Hollywood. 

"I would just like to say about this whole Taraji thing ... I heard I was trending yesterday," Winfrey, who served as a producer of the film, told ET's Kevin Frazier. "People are saying that I was not supporting Taraji. Taraji will tell you herself that I've been the greatest champion of this film. 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 added, "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."

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Winfrey doubled down on her love for Henson, and shut down the notion that the internet had their relationship all wrong, especially when it came to a photo call in New York City. 

"I am all for everybody being the greatest and rising to meet the rising of their own life," she continued. "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."

The celebrated TV personality and media mogul -- who is set to present during Sunday's ceremony -- cut a striking figure on the red carpet. Continuing her trend of donning something purple during the promotional run for The Color PurpleWinfrey, 69, showed off her impressive physique in a stunning purple geometric motif embroidered gown by Luis Vuitton. Completing her look, the Winfrey wore jewels by Chopard and Manolo Blahnik shoes

Winfrey and her longtime bestie, journalist Gayle King, had a sweet twinning moment on the red carpet. King walked the carpet in a stunning, one-shoulder gown, seemingly paying homage to her friend's latest project.

Henson -- who plays Shug Avery in the  Blitz Bazawule-directed reimagining -- has used the film's press run to emotionally reflect on the pay gap she has witnessed first hand during her decades-long career. 

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Last week, ET spoke with Henson at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Film Awards gala, where she reacted to all the buzz surrounding her emotional comments. 

"[It's] because I've been saying it for years," Henson shared. "If you go and do research and look at any women of color in the industry, they said the same thing."

She added, "I don't know why people decided to hear the words [this time], maybe it was the emotion attached to it," she added. "But like I said in the interview, I'm just tired of us having that same conversation. Something's gotta give."

The Color Purple, which debuted in theaters on Christmas day, picked up two acting nominations a the Golden Globes for stars Fantasia Barrino and Danielle Brooks

The 2024 Golden Globes hosted by Jo Koy aired on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+. Check out ETonline.com for complete Golden Globes coverage and the full list of winners. 


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