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New Video Shuts Down Social Media Chats That Kerry Washington Bowed Oprah Greetings (WATCH)

Phew! One thing about social media: sometimes people take a short clip and run with it! Well, that’s exactly what happened to Kerry Washington And Oprah Winfrey following the NAACP Image Awards.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 16: (LR) Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Kerry Washington attend the 55th NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on March 16, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for BET)

How did the Kerry and Oprah beef rumors start?

People looked sideways at the relationship between these two GREATS after BET shared a clip of Kerry interacting with Tyler Perry on the event’s red carpet. The 18-second video begins with Kerry and Tyler sharing a hug while Oprah holds a conversation with someone off-camera nearby.

When a photographer asked for a group photo, Kerry Washington stood on one side of Tyler while Oprah stood on the other. However, the video apparently shows Kerry “ignoring” a tap on her shoulder from Winfrey. After posing for a few snaps, Winfrey reached out again and patted the side of Washington’s leg, apparently appearing to say goodbye before walking away.


Oprah, @Kerry Washington and #TylerPerry all at once. This moment will remain engraved in #NAACPImageAwards history. 🤩

♬ original sound – BET Networks

Given that Kerry did not acknowledge any of the wiretapping, the first impression from the clip might be that Washington was distancing himself from the TV mogul. Social media wasted no time jumping to this conclusion in the comments section of the TikTok post. As of Monday, the 18-second clip was all over X (formerly Twitter) after garnering over 200,000 views and over 380 comments on TikTok.

Take a look at some of the “beef” stories below.

On TikTok, @jasminecaldwell24 wrote: “PEEP KERRY DID NOT RECOGNIZE OPRAH. She knows something.

@favorti3wolf added, “She tried to touch Kerry’s shoulder, then her leg, please leave this lady alone, she saw you fucking.”

Meanwhile, some attributed Kerry’s behavior (which later turned out to be crap) to the fact that she was friends with Taraji P. Henson. As previously reported, Taraji went viral several months ago after speaking out about the pay disparity for black women in Hollywood and her experiences on the set of “The Color Purple.”

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@imwithgodru703 wrote: “I felt a little bit of tension between Oprah and Kerry…Kerry needs to be on Team Taraji.”

@bluestaff15 added, Kerry and Taraji are sisters, Oprah can never break that bond.

SIKE! There is no beef with these two women

But it seems that this time, all the rumors are NOT true. This first 18-second clip didn’t show the actual interaction between Oprah and Kerry, which included lots of love! To clear things up, BET took to TikTok on Monday with a second clip.

This time, in 16 seconds, we see Kerry eagerly walking towards Oprah with a huge smile on her face. In fact, the women hugged and laughed together before Kerry hugged Tyler Perry and greeted him. Washington also praised Oprah for all the love she received at the awards show.

So we can put this story to rest, social media detectives. There’s no beef here! Just a clip cut a little too short. Happy Women’s History Month everyone!

Watch the before and after interactions below.


Reply to @ashbash We loved it, and the good energy between @Kerry Washington and Oprah. #NAACPImageAwards

♬ original sound – BET Networks

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