Oprah, Tyler Perry salute minister T.D. Jakes
Posted June 10, 2012
Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Emmitt Smith, Angela Bassett, Charles S. Dutton and Loretta Devine were among the celebs who turned out in Dallas to help celebrate T.D. Jakes' 35 years of ministry on Friday night with a gala, titled "A Triumphant Journey."
Unfortunately, the night did not go off without a few glitches.
The audio stopped during a video featuring Bill Clinton and others singing Jakes' praises, reports the Dallas News. Perry ad-libbed for awhile, then gave up.
"I need a drink," he said. "I already gave all my jokes. What you want — Madea out here?"
Oprah stepped in, entering the stage in an orange gown to the roar of the crowd. "The whole idea was I was going to be on the videotape, and then step out as a surprise," she explained.
Jakes, senior pastor of the 30,000-member Dallas-based church The Potter's House, was moved by the all the tributes.
"I have been blown away," said Jakes. "I love God and I've always loved people. Your presence here tonight says you love me back. It's hard to overwhelm me, but you've done it this time!"
The night included performances by Jordin Sparks, Ledisi, BeBe Winans, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton and Karen Clark Sheard. Gospel duo Mary Mary sang Yesterday and Chaka Khan serenaded Bishop Jakes with a medley of her greatest hits.
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