Oprah Defends Decision to Exit #MeToo Doc: ‘This Is Not a Victory for Russell’ Simmons

Variety | 1/21/2020 | Rebecca Rubin
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Oprah Winfrey explained her decision to step away from “On the Record,” an expose about sexual harassment in the music industry, including women who have accused mogul Russell Simmons of misconduct. The documentary, from filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, will premiere at Sundance on Jan. 25.

Winfrey, who served as an executive producer and set the documentary to release as part of her overall deal with Apple TV Plus, backed out of the project two weeks before its debut. At the time, she released a statement saying, “In my opinion, there is more work to be done 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.”

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Appearing Tuesday on CBS This Morning, Winfrey elaborated on her exit, explaining she had been concerned that there were “inconsistencies” with the story. She told the filmmakers if they didn’t pull the documentary from Sundance and address potential problems, she would take her name off the project.

“I just care about getting it right, and I...
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