Tyler Perry’s Oprah interview yesterday focused on actor/director/writer Tyler Perry’s abusive upbringing, with Perry sharing very detailed information about the physical and sexual abuse he endured growing up.
Tyler Perry ended his Oprah interview by thanking Winfrey for her 25 years of helping people, noting that it was Oprah’s show that helped him turn his life around.
Tyler Perry told Oprah: “I wanna say this to you… I’m going through all of this hell, all of this stuff is happening and nobody’s telling me I could fly, nobody’s telling me I’m special, nobody’s telling me what I can do – and here you are on television. This is what is so miraculous about this moment – I turn on the TV and I see you and you say, ‘It’s cathartic to start writing’. I didn’t even know what cathartic meant.”
Perry continued, “I started writing down all of the things that had happened to me but I was using different characters’ names. It was a chain reaction… A friend of mine finds them (stories) and says, ‘Man, this is a really good play’. And through these dead years is when I really decided to search my soul…”
Tyler Perry then thanked Oprah for helping people over her 25 years on television: “On behalf of the millions of people who will never get the chance to sit here and say to you how much you have changed their lives… I wanna say thank you on behalf of all of them and myself.”