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Oprah Steps Down From Russell Simmons #MeToo Documentary
Oprah Winfrey is officially pulling out of the #MeToo documentary centered around Russell Simmons. She’s both stepping down as executive producer and blocking the doc’s path to streaming on Apple TV+.
According to reports from The Hollywood Reporter, the former talk show host announced the decision to distance herself from the project on Friday, which comes after getting crucified by fellow celebrities like 50 Cent and The Game, who said she was only targeting black men accused of being sexual predators while giving their white counterparts a chance.
“I have decided that I will no longer be executive producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Documentary and it will not air on Apple TV+.” Oprah continued, “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.”
The documentary features a former music executive who accused Simmons of sexual misconduct and is set to premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival.
According to O, more work is needed on the film to “illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”
But don’t get it twisted, Oprah is making sure to clarify that her decision to step down won’t keep her from supporting accusers. She went on to say that she “will be working with Time’s Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.”