VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey & Whoopi Goldberg Patch Up Long-Time Silence

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Nov. 15 2010, Published 3:46 p.m. ET

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Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg discussed their long-running rift - or lack thereof - during an emotional interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday, in which the cast of 1985’s The Color Purple was reunited in commemoration of the hit film's 25th anniversary.

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While many have speculated on the cause of the rift - big egos, perceived slights, professional jealousy - the two show biz vets chalked up the quarter-century of alleged tension up to miscommunication.

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"Whoopi came up to me and she said, 'Can I just ask you something?'" Winfrey said. "Really. She said, 'Can I just ask you something? Did I do something to you?'

Winfrey continued, "And I said -- I said, 'What are you talking about?' She says, 'All these years, you know, we've been disconnected and I just want to know, did I do something?' I said, ‘All these years I thought you were mad at me.'

"All these years I thought -- I thought that you thought -- I don't know what I thought," Winfrey said, to which Goldberg replied, "It's crazy. It's crazy."

Winfrey said, "It's crazy. So I thought, you think I'm mad at you? I thought you were mad at me.”

Goldberg replied, “So crazy.

"What was that?" Winfrey said, to which Goldberg replied, "Who knows?"

The emotional exchange airs on Oprah Monday.


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