Strange things about Oprah and Gayle's friendship
Everyone knows who Oprah Winfrey is. Starting from the bottom, she quickly rose to the top as a household name worth over $2 billion. A name. Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King have been best friends for years. Winfrey since they met in while working at a local TV station — did not. Gayle King (born December 28, ) is an American television personality and journalist, who is co-anchor of the CBS News morning show CBS This Morning, a position she has held since its debut in She is also an editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine.
Their closeness, as well as these strange things about Oprah and Gayle's friendship, definitely pings our creep-o-meter from time to time. It started with a snowstorm and shared underwear Getty Images Their friendship began when they were in their early 20s and both employed at a television station in Baltimore — with Winfrey working as a news anchor and King as a production assistant.
A huge snowstorm hit their area, and out of the kindness of her heart, Winfrey offered to allow King to stay at her home instead of having her making the minute drive back to her house. And we realized we liked and disliked the same people in the newsroom, which was interesting," King told the Seattle Times.
Not only did Winfrey allow King to stay with her, but the future daytime talk show host made sure all of her new BFF's needs were met.
Okay, sharing clothes is perfectly fine, but the thought of sharing underwear with anyone, let alone a stranger, makes us itch in places we'd rather not mention. Constant contact and an auntie suite Getty Images Winfrey and King are quick to dish out all the details about their long-lasting, storied friendship. However, some of the juicer rumors about their relationship came courtesy of a woman named Barbara — who just so happened to be Winfrey's ex-stepmother.
When their marriage hit the skids 14 years later, Winfrey attempted to evict Barbara from the house but eventually gave the woman 60 days to vacate following a judge's recommendation.
In what could be seen as retaliation on Barbara's behalf, she opened up to the Daily Mail for an exclusive, no-holds-barred interview to spill the tea. Barbara reportedly called Winfrey and King's friendship unhealthy and revealed the duo would speak on the phone up to three or four times a day. Let's just hope they have unlimited talk times with their cell phone plans!
We're not sure how either of them are able to squeeze so many calls in with their packed schedules. To make things even more strange, they reportedly chat all day long despite co-habitating in one other's homes.
Barbara also dropped some gems about the dynamics that exist between Winfrey, King, and Winfrey's long-term partner, Stedman Grahamwhom she's been dating since after meeting at a charity event.
Even while King was married to her ex-husband, William Bumpus Sr. Barbara described an day Mediterranean cruise the entire family took, and told the publication, "[Winfrey] didn't spend any time with us. It was always her, Stedman and Gayle.
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The three of them. Anytime you looked up they were together. To me it was just bizarre. While most people would be a bit peeved if their partner's BFF was a constant shadow in their relationship, Stedman doesn't seem to mind. I don't know any man I've ever dated who could tolerate that, but Stedman knows Gayle's going nowhere," Barbara said.
Being brutally honest is Winfrey's forte, as we all know. She makes a living saying the right things at the right time, and her caring and loving approach has solidified her role as the best friend we all wish we could have.
But when it comes to King, Winfrey doesn't mince her words. 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.
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There will never be an ulterior motive. Gayle starts her family A photo posted by Gayle King gayleking on Aug 29, at In daughter Kirby arrived. And almost a year later she gave birth to William Jr.
Oprah wanted to give something special to the new mom. Gayle described Oprah's gift to her the best"The kids are 11 months apart, and Oprah goes, 'I got you the perfect gift. She's giving me a double stroller. But the gift turned out to be a nanny!
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She said, 'I want to pay the nanny's salary for as long as you feel you need her. After Gayle divorced her husband inOprah said of her friend"I admire a lot of things about Gayle.
But when I think about the way she raised her kids, that makes me weepy… It's always, always, always been about what's best for her children. Her 9-month-old daughter Kirby in tow, working mom Gayle's warm welcome in Chicago began with Oprah herself picking them up from the airport.Oprah and Gayle Use the Internet for the First Time - The Oprah Winfrey Show - Oprah Winfrey Network
The interview revealed Oprah at her office desk, taking stock of herself: I pay people very well for the work that they do because I remember when I wasn't paid well. But the moment her bestie walked out from backstage, Oprah lost her cooltearing up with a birthday tiara on her head.
Oprah later explained the rush of emotion, as she stood in the audience with her partner in crime, "This is so touching to me because when Patti was here and then Aretha came and everyone was coming, I thought, 'Gee, I wish Gayle could be here to see this'.
And we bet you can guess how this one turned out. As long time boyfriend Stedman predicted Oprah liked shopping for panty-hose in a who-knows-her-best style quiz, Gayle made a slam dunk, knowing The O prefers to purchase furniture and art.
But what else would you expect from the person who shopped for sweaters with Oprah at Casual Corner when the two were in their early twenties, and barely scraping by? Gayle remembered that day when she was 21, Oprah was 22, and the two were just becoming friends, "I had to call my mother and say, 'You know my friend Oprah? She bought two sweaters!
And put it on layaway. Later, Oprah recalled"The only time [Gayle's] ever been jealous of anything — and she just said, 'I'm jealous' — was with me singing with Tina Turner. Which is so interesting because [Gayle] can't sing. But it's not the only thing Gayle has offered the relationship.
Oprah claimed she got the idea from a Chevy commercial she saw as a kid, that sang, "See the U. Testing the bounds of their patience, the two quickly ran into trouble, as two independent women stuck together in a car. They had never spent 11 days in close proximity to each other, for 24 hours a day.
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Cameras rolled as they hashed out their own rules of the roadwho picks the music, and "Would You Rather". And with their fair share of hiccupsthe two made it to NYC in one piece. Oprah's farewell season Getty Images "Oh no, it's my last Oprah Show appearance, I am not wearing jeans," Gayle saidas she fixed her hair in the dressing room mirror before stepping out on stage for the last time, for Oprah's final season of the show.
As Oprah, who had many shows yet to tape, reviewed her own jeans-based options, Gayle audibly disapproved, hoping for a more upscale sense of occasion. But Gayle has always felt the gravity and importance of Oprah's successes, far more deeply than maybe Oprah herself. Gayle is more excited about my success than I am.
It makes her genuinely happy. We've made this journey together," Oprah shared in O Magazine. Oprah threw Gayle the surprise party of her life A photo posted by Oprah oprah on Dec 16, at 7: But this time, the theme was "the world according to Gayle," and was all about Gayle's favorite things.