Oprah Winfrey took to CBS This Morning with her pal, Gayle King, to elaborate on news that she pulled out as Executive Producer of the documentary concerning sexual assault allegations against business mogul, Russell Simmons. Oprah told Gayle and the crew…

“This is not a victory for Russell. I unequivocally say that I did not pull out because of Russell. This is not a victory lap for him. I cannot be silenced by Russell Simmons after all I’ve been through.”

Although she conceded that her pulling out of the film might look like she was caving to Russell Simmons’ public, and now we know private, pressure to exit as Executive Producer, Oprah wanted to make it clear her decision was her own, and she can’t be pushed around by anyone.

Oprah again said she believed the women involved, but in light of new evidence that came out, the stories didn’t quite add up. She actually wanted to hear from more women though, not less. She said…

“I had said to them, ‘Houston, I think we have a problem here'”… as relates to the new information. “I don’t care about awards — I just care about getting it right, and I think there’s some inconsistencies in the stories that we need to look at. I wanted the context of the story to be broadened, I wanted more women brought into the story.”

It seemed from Oprah’s tone she thought if she simply mentioned her dilemma then the film’s creators would do as she asked – but apparently, they refused. So Oprah Winfrey exited, stage left. She thought it best to end the interview telling viewers what she had learned from the whole episode, “Don’t put your name on anything that you do not have creative control over.”

Until the next time it drips…

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