Gayle King Talks Relationship With Oprah Winfrey: ‘If We Were Gay, We Would Tell You’

Gayle King says there is no truth to the rumors she and Oprah are more than just best friends.

At Monday night’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City, Gayle told Access Hollywood she hadn’t heard Rosie O’Donnell’s recent comments on radio that Oprah and Gayle are the “emotional equivalent” of a gay couple, but she was happy to shoot them down anyway.

“The thing [is], if we were gay, we would tell you,” Gayle said. “We would so tell you. We wouldn’t try to keep that a secret because there’s nothing wrong with being gay. So if we were, we would tell you. The truth of the matter is we’re not. It’s hard enough for me to get a date on a Saturday night as it is. This isn’t a rumor I’m trying to continue to explore, but no there’s nothing, there’s nothing wrong with it.”

As previously reported on, Rosie made an appearance on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM Show late last month, and when asked about why she thought there are rumors that Oprah and Gayle are in a lesbian relationship, Rosie said it was because they are close.

“I don’t know. I think [Oprah’s] never been married and she’s exceptionally close to Gayle,” Rosie said. “I don’t know that she and Gayle are necessarily doing each other but I think they are the emotional equivalent of…”

“A gay couple,” Howard chimed in.

“When they did that road trip, that’s as gay as it gets,” Rosie said. “And I don’t mean it to be an insult either. I’m just saying, listen, if you ask me, that’s the couple.”

But Gayle said she really doesn’t mind that there is a discussion about her relationship with Ms. O.

“I love that question,” Gayle told Access. “That never bothers me because it’s so silly.”

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