Tika Sumpter Moves Arsenio to Tears With Whitney Houston Memories (VIDEO)


Former One Life to Live star Tika Sumpter dropped by The Arsenio Hall Show Thursday night to promote her new film Ride Along. The Haves and the Have Nots lead shared a tear-jerking memory of working with the late Whitney Houston on Sparkle. Sumpter recalled:

She played my mother, so that was the most amazing experience ever. That’s probably one of the biggest questions I’m asked is, ‘How was it working with Whitney?’ Whitney was everything. I’d kind of just be siting in a corner quiet and they’d be changing for the setup and she’s like, ‘You okay baby? Who do I need to talk to to make sure you’re alright?’ I’m like, ‘I’m good, I’m good!’ and she’d say, ‘I got you.’ So she was just like a mother, a motherly figure.

Watch Sumpter move Hall to tears below.

Tika Sumpter Joins James Brown Biopic


The Haves and Have Nots and former One Life to Live star Tika Sumpter has joined the cast of Get On Up, the film based on James Brown's life, according to Deadline.

Tika Sumpter has joined the cast of Universal’s James Brown biopic Get On Up. She will play Yvonne Fair, a singer in the James Brown Revue who recorded Brown’s “I Found You,” which later was reworked into his classic “I Got You (I Feel Good).” Tate Taylor is directing the pic, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul along with Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Nelsan Ellis. Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth and Steven Baigelman wrote the script, and Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger are producing along with Victoria Pearman and Erica Huggins.

The Haves and The Have Nots Season Finale Scores 2.6 Million Viewers


Oprah should send her pal Tyler Perry a gift basket. Perry's soapy drama The Haves and the Have Nots pulled in a series high of 2.6 million viewers. The drama–which features soap grads Tika Sumpter, Peter Parros and Eva Tamargo–also earned its best rating among women 25-54.

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OWN Orders More Episodes of The Haves and the Have Nots


Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots is keeping a smile on Oprah's face. The former talk show queen's cable network OWN announced it has ordered four more episodes of the cable drama. The order brings The Haves and Have Nots' first season episode count to 36.

OWN also announced it is ordering 26 additional episodes of Tyler Perry's Love Thy Neighbor.

Watch a clip of John Schneider's Jim Cryer confronting Tika Sumpter's Candace about a pregnancy test from "My Name is Veronica" after the jump!