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Tyler Perry & Oprah Winfrey Talk Friendship in Essence June 2013

Posted Sunday May 5, 2013 1:38 PM GMT

With two of his original series coming up on OWN, Tyler Perry joined Oprah Winfreyon the cover of Essence magazine's June 2013 issue.

After a fun front page shoot, the talk show host and producer chatted about their business chemistry and keeping their friendship strong.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Winfrey and Mr. Perry's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Essence magazine.

Tyler Perry
On the importance of friendship:
"The most important thing about coming together was making sure we would not lose our friendship because of the business. We have to established ground rules. The main one: Both of us have to continue to live in our truth. If she doesn't like something, say it. If I don't like something, I'll say it. And we'll figure it out and keep moving on."

Oprah Winfrey
On working with Tyler:
"We both know how rare this is. Where else in the history of our African-American culture have two really, really successful people who can do whatever they want said, 'Let's come together and be more powerful - let's take it to the tenth power?'"

Photo Credit: Essence