Just one month after announcing she will be producing The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary on Apple TV+, Oprah released a statement withdrawing her role in the project. The documentary follows music industry executive Drew Dixon, one of the women who gave an interview in The New York Times accusing Russell Simmons of sexual harassment.
Oprah said “I have decided that I will no longer be the executive producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary and it will not air on Apple TV+,” in a statement issued to several Holywood publications.
This is the second Apple TV+ project to experience problems, the theatrical release of the feature film The Banker was indefinitely postponed just two months ago.
The documentary is still set to appear at the Sundance Film Festival.
Here’s Oprah’s full statement, via Deadline:
“I have decided that I will no longer be the executive producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Documentary and it will not air on Apple TV+. First and foremost, I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision. Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are talented filmmakers. I have great respect for their mission but given the filmmakers’ desire to premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival before I believe it is complete, I feel it’s best to step aside. I will be working with Time’s Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.”