Oprah and Janet Jackson had plans to shoot a movie together, claimed an article from one year ago today. At the time, Gossip Cop reported it was a complete fabrication. Now that a full 365 days have passed, itâs clear once again our fact-checking was right, and the National Enquirerâs story, which was picked up and shared by other outlets, was a work of fiction.
On June 10, 2017, the supermarket tabloid maintained Jackson wanted to team up with Oprah because she felt her niece Paris was hogging all the familyâs âheadlines.â The magazine asserted the singer was âsecretly plottingâ with the media mogul to give Michaelâs daughter âa run for her moneyâ and be the one and only Jackson topping the box office. An unnamed âsourceâ alleged Jackson was so âitching to get back onto the big screenâ that she was âhuddling round-the-clock with Oprah,â who the outlet contended was âdying to produce her comeback.â The publicationâs same untraceable and seemingly concocted âsourceâ added that Jackson wasnât only âdetermined to act,â but that she was also âaiming for an OscarâŠ And with Oprah in her corner, anythingâs possible.â
So, what kind of film were they planning? What was the plot? Who else was slated to star in it? Of course, the tabloid didnât offer any details because the truth was there never was a film Oprah and Jackson were collaborating on. It was all made up by the tabloid.
And, as we noted 12 months ago, it seemed a little odd that that magazine claimed Jackson was going to give her niece a ârun for the moneyâ at theaters. To date, Parisâs credits are basically four appearances on the Fox series âStar,â and a small part in the film Gringo. Additionally, the singer herself has only done a handful of movies over the past 25 years. Jacksonâs few major film credits include the 1993 film Poetic Justice, Nutty Profession II: The Klumps in 2000, and Tyler Perryâs 2010 movie For Colored Girls.
Curiously, the article was from the same tabloid that ran a cover story about how Jackson âhatesâ Oprahâs âgutsâ for interviewing Paris and her brothers Prince and Blanket after Michael Jacksonâs death. The magazine alleged at the time that it somehow knew of a supposed âblistering blowupâ phone call in which a âfuriousâ Jackson lashed out at Oprah and allegedly told her, âYou make me sick.â Weâre still not sure how the publication went from that to having the talk show host trying to win Jackson an Oscar.
Regardless, Oprahâs rep, who was speaking on her behalf, exclusively told Gossip Cop that the outletâs tale was âuntrue.â A full year has passed, and itâs clear the tabloidâs unidentifiable sourceâs claim was phony. There was no talk of a Jackson film with Oprahâs involvement back then, nor is there any today.
We bring up these articles to remind our readers that the truth always bears out over time. And though weâre not infallible, while other outlets almost always hide behind unnamed insiders, our sources often publicly put themselves on the line to correct phony stories about themselves or the celebrities for whom theyâre authorized to speak. As a result of our research, access, and dedication to the truth, it should have been obvious to readers then and all the more so now that the Enquirerâs story about Oprah and Jackson âplottingâ to work on a film together was fiction, while Gossip Copâs report was grounded in facts.