OPRAH: Pulls Out of the Documentary about Russell Simmons

OPRAH: Pulls Out of the Documentary about Russell Simmons

Oprah has pulled the plug on a #MeToo documentary about Russell Simmons.

O decided to step down as exec producer and blocked the production from Apple TV-plus distribution. The doc focuses on a former music exec, who accused Simmons of sexual misconduct.

Despite cutting ties with the production, Oprah says “First and foremost, I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard.”

Several hip-hop artists, including 50 Cent and The Game called Oprah out for her involvement and accused her of trying to take down black men instead of their white counterparts. After she decided to step down, 50 posted, “Oprah we love you, thank you for responding.”

Russell Simmons himself popped up in 50’s Instagram comments and left a prayer hands emoji. (Deadline)

Hot Takes:

  • 50 Cent pointed out that Oprah and friend Gayle King worked on stories about Michael JacksonR. Kelly and Russell Simmons, but ignored Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein.
  • Filmmakers are disappointed with Oprah’s decision to pull out.
  • Oprah’s reason for pulling out was apparently over creative differences with the filmmakers on how to continue developing the project.