Tyler Perry’s latest movie Single Moms Club puts him with Nia Long and Amy Smart but he’s been in good company for some time with Oprah Winfrey. The dynamic duo just saw record ratings on the Oprah Winfrey Network for the season finale of Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots, which scored an OWN ratings record with 3.6 million viewers.
Perry says that their partnership works because they prioritize their friendship. Its one of the first things they talked about before they agreed to work together.
“If we do this, how is the friendship going to be affected,” Perry told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “Because I don’t want to be in a situation where I’m battling my friend over something that I want to do. Once we were able to get past that, then we thought the friendship will always come first and if it comes to a situation where there’s an impasse, we fall back on the friendship.”
“That is more important than anything to both of us. When you’re in this business at this level, you really need people you can count on for support in friendship more than in business. She didn’t need any money, I didn’t need any money. I’m there to help and support her vision. It’s the Oprah Winfrey Network and if I didn’t want to support her vision, I should have done the Tyler Perry Network.”
Single Moms Club is Perry’s 19th movie, an impressive number for a multi-million dollar entertainment empire that includes TV shows, theatre productions, movies and a full-service studio in Atlanta.
“It’s been a great ten years and I just want to thank the people for showing up,” Perry says.