And this week especially, we're glad that Gayle King has Oprah Winfrey. While Oprah's no-last-name-needed status as a dominant force in entertainment and beyond is unparalleled, the very mention of her also has the power to connote a feeling of stability and calm amid chaos.
And of course Oprah called. They knew each other, but they first really bonded on an evening when a snowstorm was moving in and year-old Oprah, who was the 6 p. The Oprah Magazine The rest is friendship history. In fact, they just might be each other's one true loves, in that glorious friendship sense of the word, when the romances could come and go but they'll always have a partner in crime in one another. Texting may have encroached by now, but they've said they talk on the phone as much as three or four times a day.
As in any long-term relationship, there have been bumps in the road. But they've weathered it all together—from Gayle's tough divorce after she caught her husband cheating, to their shared weight struggles, to rumors that they themselves are actually a couple.
We can only imagine how many times they've laughed their butts off over that persistent conspiracy theory. So I get why people have to label it—how can you be this close without it being sexual? That's an incredibly rare thing between even the closest of friends.
Read Oprah and Gayle Take Ibiza! Or worse, when one's glory is attributed to the other's supreme gloriousness? But you know, I've been anchoring the news for a long time. I won three Emmys. I've proven that I can do that. I never feel I'm in her shadow. I feel I'm in her light, that's how I look at it. King is super-successful and she has her own fans, but Winfrey's a billionaire. Private jets, fabulous vacations, perfect parties, the parade of A-list pals, all those impeccably tricked-out homes.
Twenty years after Winfrey snatched up two sweaters, her spontaneous purchase during a day of shopping with King was a black Bentley.
Some people are said to have married well. Gayle King hit the BFF jackpot. There is a level of mutual respect that comes from being with somebody you know doesn't want anything from you but you.
There will never be an ulterior motive. I have to say, this would have been a much different relationship had that ever happened. Not that I wouldn't have done it, but in order to have a real friendship, you have to be equals. They're a mutual admiration society of two. Gayle is the only one who always believed in her when everyone else told her she was headed for failure by moving to Chicago to try her hand at a talk show. Gayle just gets her.
In response to the interview, a Winfrey rep said that Barbara was first offered a variety of new living arrangements to relocate to.
Or my dogs—you gots to go! From the beginning, Oprah didn't think it would work out, revealing 25 years later that she didn't sense much joy in the occasion—but as Gayle's maid of honor she never let on. In all of our years of friendship, she has always been happier for me about anything that occurred in my life