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Photo credit: @owntv/Instagram

Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry may have been friends for well over a decade, but in the past six months their friendship has taken a turn for the worse. A source close to the Hollywood besties tells Daily Mail online that the once inseparable pair barely speak to each other unless it’s regarding business.

Apparently, partnering together on Winfrey’s OWN Network caused the major rift in their friendship. In case you didn’t know, the 46-year-old movie mogul has three series on the OWN, including “For Better or Worse” and “Love Thy Neighbor,” along with the record-breaking drama “The Haves and the Have Nots.”

“When Tyler first brought his shows to OWN in 2012, it was a love affair between the two of them. Oprah was very involved in watching Tyler develop them creatively and they even shot promos together with her as Miss Sophia from The Color Purple and he as Madea,” the source said. “But that relationship has soured in the last six months because Oprah finds Tyler difficult to work with and he doesn’t take constructive criticism well at all.”

Drama allegedly ensued late last summer when 62-year-old Winfrey suggested Perry hire some additional script writers to help develop his shows, particularly the top-rated drama “The Have and the Have Nots,” which he did not adhere to. “That’s when Oprah finally got to see a side of Tyler she hadn’t experienced yet. He resisted her feedback, the same way he resists the feedback of critics and media people who chastise his work, and became extremely defensive with her.”

The source claims Perry told Winfrey to have several seats when he clapped back saying, “Aren’t the shows delivering ratings for the network? Well, then let me do what I do and you can keep your focus group research to yourself.” Of course, his road to success wasn’t without trial and error.

In 2006, Perry first launched his sitcoms “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns” (2008) on TBS where he scored huge ratings. The network even created a new fully-staffed urban division just to manage his programming. However, by time he launched his third sitcom, “For Better or Worse” in 2011, ratings had dipped drastically and TBS cut the cord. At that time, he approached Winfrey about partnering with OWN, where he’s done quite well for himself.

“Tyler didn’t leave TBS because he wanted to go to OWN. His deal with TBS wasn’t renewed because his shows had stopped generating ratings and Tyler wouldn’t take network feedback to help save them when they tried to offer it. So when his contract was up, they weren’t interested in re-signing it. Oprah basically had to remind him, “You needed me as much as I needed you when we decided to do this partnership and don’t forget that,” said the source.

Things went from bad to worse when Winfrey caught wind of a feature story on Perry in the December 2015 issue of New York Magazine titled, “The Brand Keeping Oprah in Business.” Ouch! “She knows Tyler is a micromanaging control freak and she felt that he was aware of the story’s title and didn’t make sure it was killed. She believed it was done in spite and has told Gayle and her other close friends, she’s putting space between she and Tyler,” the source continued.

Rumor has it Winfrey even excluded Perry from her annual Christmas holiday. “Gone were the days of them having long phone conversations and texting late into the night —she just didn’t want him there. She is not happy with the place their friendship is in and decided she didn’t want any awkward moments on vacation,” a source said.

While it’s no secret that doing business with a close friend can be a relationship killer, it’s unfortunate that these two almost lifelong friends haven’t found a way to put their pride aside to make it work. What are your thoughts on Winfrey and Perry’s feud? Sound off in the comment section below.

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  • Chuck

    I don’t believe these two aren’t getting along. I see Tyler P. doing any and everything possible to keep Oprah happy.

    • guest

      I don’t know. He’s got that F U money now!

      • http://www.pureromance.com LA

        Lolololol!!!! Right!!!

      • Chuck

        He knows that if he crosses Oprah, she’ll make sure no one works with him- ever again. She’ll use the “Oprah’s effect” on him.

      • Nigg_Newton

        REALLY BLACK FOLKS —

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        MAKE THEM HISPANICS do their IMMIGRATION WORK…we don’t have a DOG in that FIGHT.

        Hispanics are not BLACK FOLKS friends, they are your REPLACEMENTS here to take your JOB!

        WHERE ARE the Hispanic: Singers, Musicians, Entertainers, etc…

        — I am VOTING FOR TRUMP….he is a real NEW YORKER! —

        These illegals got to GO! Stump for TRUMP!!!!

        Less illegals = MORE JOBS, Opportunities, EDUCATION, Resources, and Welfare for BLACKS.

        • Catherine Kitty Coutee Garrett

          Are you STUPID or just and IDIOT? D.T. is a Racist Bigot Fanatic! Obviously’ You just can’t be Black! That Clown is Not going to do Anything for Black People nor people who are poor or even middle class. He doesn’t give a Damn about anyone but himself! That dude is a joke! Apparently you just made this statement for attention! No way is that man qualified to run a country! We don’t have a dog in this fight? Are you serious? Most of the people who vote for him are just as racist as he is! If he’s elected Canada is going to have a “HUGE” immigration problem! And although I detest cold climates I will be among the hundreds of thousands trying to get out of America by Any Means Necessary!!!

          • Nigg_Newton

            Donald Trump gave SEVERAL BLACK PEOPLE jobs in NYC.

            You BLACK FOLKS need to research him as a CANDIDATE and stop letting WHITE MEDIA tell you these LIES.

            Blacks will BE THE BIGGEST Benefactors of a WALL and Deportation of illegals. These illegals got to GO! Stump for TRUMP!

            Less illegals = MORE JOBS, Opportunities, Educational Dollars, Resources, and Welfare for BLACKS.

          • Catherine Kitty Coutee Garrett

            Just like I thought! Your Not Black! Bye Felicia!

          • DH

            Sorry…Donald Trump is both dangerous and not qualified to be president. While we at it…isn’t that Ben Carson doing a spit shine over there for Massa Trump???

  • DH

    Tyler Perry is a WEAK producer and creator of programming. Get him away from Madea and he’s lost. TBS did cut him…and the ratings on OWN are pretty bad. He’s lucky OWN needs the hours filled. Advertisers are not happy either with the eyeballs they receive for sponsorship. Friends should not do biz together, but Oprah let her good business sense get in the way when she hooked up with this guy.

    • Lamar Battle

      Lol how stupid you are

      • DH

        Really. How so? And why can’t we talk to each other civilly instead of like hood rats?

        • Lamar Battle

          I’m from Beverly Hills we don’t have rats here hood or otherwise were you are from I’m sure there are rats galore including yourself which disqualifies you from having a civial conversation with any human being so you are dismissed!

          • JMH

            You should probably learn to spell “civil” when insulting someone…

          • DH

            Good catch. Mr. Beverly Hills (ROFL) didn’t catch that. Poor grammar. Thought the BH school system was better. Is he maybe from COMPTON?

        • Nigg_Newton

          REALLY BLACK FOLKS —

          This TRUMP BULLSHEIT going down in America is not our — FIGHT!!!

          Let them HISPANICS do their work…BLACK FOLKS stop doing this stupid SHEIT.

          MAKE THEM HISPANICS do their IMMIGRATION WORK…we don’t have a DOG in that FIGHT.

          Just stay out of the FRAY and Chill.

          Vote TRUMP!

          Hispanics are not BLACK FOLKS friends, they are your REPLACEMENTS here to take your JOB!

          WHERE ARE the Hispanic: Singers, Musicians, Entertainers, etc…

          — I am VOTING FOR TRUMP….he is a real NEW YORKER! —

          These illegals got to GO! Stump for TRUMP!

          Less illegals = MORE JOBS, Opportunities, Educational Dollars, Resources, and Welfare for BLACKS.

    • Jae

      Yea… I think so too. Tyler is very mean spirited. I know someone who owns a limo service that works closely with 5 star hotels and said that Tyler always specifies that he wants a white driver because the black ones talk too much and I guess get on his nerves. Which is stupid because you can just let them know in advance if the driver should not engage. And every black driver is not going to sweat you. I think he might have have had one chatty driver or he is just stereotyping folks like he does in his movies.

    • Nigg_Newton

      CLOWN…

      The advertisers/ME, are very happy with T.P.. What we are NOT HAPPY ABOUT is Oprah and her taking too much MONEY and not delivering for the price.

  • http://www.thelionstale.com Rudwaan

    unless your opinion matters to either of them I don’t see the point.

  • ceeceebaker

    If it aint broke why try to fix it. These are his creations and he has the right to proceed how he see fit.

    • Likeabite

      Try to fix it because as noted, on TBS cut him after his ratings took a dive after their high wore off…Oprah’s trying to stop this from happening to the shows on her network and he’s adamant about not fixing it. If you look at all the ratings for his movies on any site, they’re deplorable and there’s a reason why. He knows great storylines but his storytelling is pretty bad to be honest.

  • Victoria

    They need to squash it and move on to making a movie that can be Oscar worthy.

  • cupcake333

    oprah keep your focus he is 10 percent of you network .. TBS WAS BUSINESS DUMPING THIS MAN .he fake bout being a straight man s he is phony he needs oprah to succeed farther he seems miserable because he cant reveal is gay lifestyle … oppressed people are vindictive people willing to do what ever to shone he has had so many so called friends he is loosing it on the one person who knew he was gay and helped him hide it oprah did that…. when she went to TD JAKE CHURCH ASKING HIM HOW HE FELT BOUT LETTING GAYS IN THE CHURCH AND SHE BOUGHT TP WITH HER I KNEW THEN OPRAH WAS LEBIAN UNDERCOVER AND PERRY WAS HER LIL FRIEND .. SHE WAS CALLING BROTHER,, she even become god mother to his serrogate kid .. no way he had sex with his babymoma shiiiiiiit no… way lots of african american women love him refusing to believe he gay…. wow .. i call them blind fools . .if he is gay he dont cover it welll the way he play medea is proof he got girl like personality.. only a handful of people know for fact .. the rest of us observe him .. no body is blind…

    he need to listen to oprah mya angelo was alive ahe would shame the hell out of him

  • Kami

    I don’t care if they are fighting or not fighting. If you have watched The Haves and The Have Nots from the very beginning, as I have, it is one of the most riveting, well written, and best shows on television today. Most people do not even know about it. The fact that this show gets no publicity like Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, etc. is a crying shame. This is an Emmy winning show. It reminds me of soaps or nighttime soaps back in the early 90’s where you were on the edge of your seat waiting to see what was going to happen next week. So whatever Oprah and Tyler, fix your problems, publicize your shows and get some recognition and some new viewers.

  • Lamar Battle

    Don’t believe everything you read as shameful as it is someone will always try to bring you down. Don’t believe me? Then look at your country .

  • Rayo

    My spider sense is tingling. I don’t believe any of this at all.

  • Queen Diva

    I am not surprised about the suggestions to help his character development. It makes perfect sense to the reason why his two shows are not renewed on TBS. People have to remember Tyler Perry didn’t go to school to study Film or Journalism so he is working on natural storytelling talent. But anyone knows if you are going to do a career and have fresh ideas you must eventually get some training or take a workshop to improve your writing skills. EGO is a big stumbling block for many friendships and relationships. I am not surprised in the least though. I do hope they work things out. The student should never act like he/she is better than the master. Oprah has a degree in Journalism and knows what she is talking about. He has many times expressed that Oprah is his mentor so his behavior is very disappointing to read.

  • Julius K Nyerere

    It’s one thing for Tyler Perry to lie to himself and the world about his sexuality. I mean it’s not Rocket Surgery. Anyone who is not blind can see. But regarding his business, we’ve seen before what happens to people who lack humility. I’m honestly a fan of his show HTGAWM, but I don’t think he’s going about this the right way. If he does not set his pride aside, it will only lead to problems in the foreseeable future.

    Provers 11:2 – When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

    Proverbs 15:18 – Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

    • randomtandem

      But HTGAWM is not even a Tyler Perry show lol

      • Julius K Nyerere

        I really made a huge mistake. I obviously got the acronyms confused, considering that both shows are my favorite. I meant Haves And The Have Nots.

  • http://www.tamirfilms.com Tamir Yardenne

    i don’t believe it!

  • Thomas wilson

    Dont renew his contract but bill cosby in his time spot. He tyler needs oprah for the show he better be good and make oprah happy before she do the same with tbs did did not renew tyler contract so who needs who tyler needs anyone with a tv time slot.

  • shellyTheGreat

    this sounds possible to me. tyler perry’s work has been pretty stagnant throughout the years, and i think it’s very possible that the reason for this is because he refused to take constructive criticism. he probably thinks that just because people support his shows, that means that his writing doesn’t suck. unfortunately, many people have no problem supporting “art” that lacks intelligence, creativity, etc. So just because something is popular does not mean that it’s “good.”

    • http://theburningbush.disqus.com/ TheBurningBush

      exactly!

  • louise

    Yes he needs to change his current script, it’s getting rediculios with all the hood & gay scenes. It has lost my attention it seems like he’s grasping at straws for a story line. Maybe with all that he has going on it has gotten to be too much. I think he should hear what Opra and other creative writers have to say about putting whats not working. And get rid of Madea she’s played out to.