Oprah Winfrey Explains Why She Didn't Make A Cameo In New 'Color Purple'

Oprah Winfrey Explains Why She Didn't Make A Cameo In New 'Color Purple'

01/02/2024 12:01 PM EST by WBLS Staff

For those who have already seen the new The Color Purple, you may have noticed that there are quite a few celebs in the film. However, one of the cast members of the original movie did not make an appearance. Oprah Winfrey is now sharing why she opted to not make a surprise appearance film as opposed to another former cast member

In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Winfrey explained Whoopi Goldberg‘s special cameo.

“[We] just thought it was a wonderful Easter egg for audiences who have appreciated the film over the years, for the diehards,” she shared. “And we also thought it was a lovely homage to Whoopi.”

She then shared her reasoning for not being in the new film as well. 

“Actually, I thought about it, it would’ve been good in the church scene, but I thought it would also be distracting when Sofia is getting married that if the old original Sofia was just one of the people in the church, and then they were shooting that in the middle of Georgia when COVID was [spreading] like, ‘OK, well I ain’t sitting in that church all day anyway,’” Winfrey laughed.

“And also I just think it’s more special that it’s just Whoopi," she concluded.

The Color Purple stars Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson and Colman Domingo.