Tyler Perry’s feud with Spike Lee is a thing of the past.
The Nobody’s Fool director welcomed Lee to the star-studded grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios this past weekend in Atlanta.
Other attendees included Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams.
For years, the two filmmakers were at odds after Lee described Perry’s Madea films as “coonery and buffoonery.”
Despite their differences, Perry named a soundstage after Lee at his sprawling 330-acre film studio.
In an interview with TMZ Monday, Perry explained why he thought it was important to honor the Do The Right Thing director.
“I don’t care if you have beef with somebody. That is what it is,” Perry told the outlet. “The truth is you can’t deny what he has done in the film industry and how he has been on the forefront to help me and everybody else to get to the places that we are.”
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Perry also said the two previously sat down to discuss their differences.
“Spike called me a few years ago and he came to my house. We sat down and had a great conversation,” he said. “The beauty is that’s what I’m hoping people will understand. Like when Oprah and I worked together it was a huge moment. With this moment for me and Spike is a huge moment.”
Perry’s studio features twelve sound stages, with each named after acclaimed black actors and actresses, including Cicely Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Diahann Carroll, Will Smith, and Denzel Washington.