Oprah Winfrey Allegedly Snubbed ‘The View’ During ‘The Color Purple’ Promotional Run

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Reportedly, “The View” expressed disappointment at Oprah Winfrey’s decision to forgo appearing on the show while promoting the latest rendition of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” during its New York showing. The expectation was for a reunion between Whoopi Goldberg, a star of “The Color Purple,” and Winfrey, who both starred in the acclaimed 1985 film. However, Winfrey’s absence on “The View” was perceived as a “missed opportunity,” leaving the panel show feeling disgruntled, according to a source cited by Page Six.

While “The View” welcomed other stars from the latest adaptation, such as Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and director Blitz Bazawule, Winfrey, a significant figure in the film, notably did not make an appearance. Despite her appearances on various programs like “CBS Mornings,” “The Drew Barrymore Show,” and Sherri Shepherd’s “Sherri,” Winfrey chose not to participate in “The View.”

Interestingly, Winfrey used the opportunity to discuss her notable weight loss due to medication with People magazine, diverting attention from her absence on “The View.”

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Addressing Winfrey’s absence, a source mentioned that the December 13 episode of “The View” was pre-recorded on November 27, a date when Winfrey was unavailable. However, Goldberg reportedly had an emotional and remarkable segment with the cast, generating satisfaction among the show’s team despite Winfrey’s nonattendance.

In an attempt to compensate for her absence, Winfrey recorded a special promo for “The View’s” “Favorite Things” segment. A representative from Winfrey’s production company, Harpo, clarified that due to Winfrey’s inability to participate in certain appearances with the cast and her absence in New York during the segment’s filming after Thanksgiving, she made efforts to support the cast’s moment.

Expressing gratitude, Winfrey took to Instagram to thank everyone for making “The Color Purple” the number one movie in theaters on Christmas Day. She acknowledged the audience’s support, urging them to showcase their purple-themed outfits while attending the theaters, appreciating their enthusiasm and response to the film.