Jennifer Hudson pisses off Oprah by being late

American Idol 3 finalist and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson appeared on OWN’s Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, the fascinating and entertaining series that follows Oprah’s producers as they assemble the show.

But Jennifer’s appearance wasn’t all that happy. That’s because Jennifer rehearsed, and then, without telling producers, left Chicago and flew to Dallas for a private party. When she didn’t arrive the next morning–when the show already had an atypical three episodes to film because of a blizzard in Chicago–the producers learned that she was gone. Worse, because of an ice storm, her plane was delayed by two hours, throwing off the entire day of shooting and making Oprah very, very unhappy.

Oprah was so unhappy that, after apologizing personally to the waiting audience members, she told the reality show crew to stay behind when she went into Jennifer’s dressing room to give her the smack-down after Jennifer finally arrived. Oprah told us later that she said, “I don’t appreciate it. I think that that was not a good decision on your part. But you’ll learn from that.” Oprah said Jennifer told her “‘it will never happen again, and I learned from it.’ Well, you can’t ask any more than that.”

Jennifer seemed embarrassed, in part because Oprah kept bringing it up in passive-aggressive ways. Jennifer told us, “I feel like I’m in a disaster of a nightmare of a dream; this is crazy.”

In a deleted scene, Tim Gunn and Oprah laugh about it and Oprah reminds us, again, “In 25 years, this has never happened.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.