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Jada Pinkett Smith thanked Oprah Winfrey for encouraging her to create Facebook Watch's Red Table Talk

By Alexia Fernández
October 07, 2019 04:10 PM
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Jada Pinkett Smith is thanking one of her mentors for the creation of her Emmy Award-nominated Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk.

The actress and host, 48, shared a photo of herself and Oprah Winfrey on Sunday in which she thanked the mogul for her support in creating her popular program.

“This woman beside me is the only reason @RedTableTalk could even be imagined. Thank you @Oprah and congrats✨ 📷: @jas,” Pinkett Smith said.

The striking photo features Pinkett Smith and Winfrey standing close together as the former daytime talk show host wraps an arm around the actress.

Behind them stand their respective partners, Will Smith and Stedman Graham, as Winfrey’s close friend Gayle King is seen slightly behind the group.

Pinkett Smith’s comment comes after Winfrey was honored at the grand opening of Tyler Perry‘s historic film studio, Tyler Perry Studios, in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday.

Oprah, Jada Pinkett Smith
Oprah Winfrey and Jada Pinkett Smith
| Credit: Daniel Boczarski/Getty

Perry, 50, named a soundstage in Winfrey’s honor, where a three-course seated dinner was hosted. The Madea’s Family Reunion creator also paid tribute to other notable African American stars with soundstages named after them such as the deceased director John Singleton, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Sidney Poitier, Whoopi Goldberg, Cicely Tyson and Harry Belafonte.

Winfrey spoke to The Hollywood Reporter of Perry’s accomplishment, saying, “Tyler is my little big brother. To see him rise to this moment that I know he’s dreamed about, planned, defined, clarify for himself, it’s just a fulfillment of a dream. It’s wonderful to see.”