FIRST LOOK: Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres Share the Spotlight

11/09/2009 at 02:40 PM EST

FIRST LOOK: Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres Share the Spotlight
When does the queen of all media share the cover of her own magazine with anyone?

When that someone is fellow talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

That's right: For the second time in its history, O, the Oprah Magazine is letting someone share the cover with Oprah Winfrey, in its December issue, out Nov. 12.

In fact, the duo posed for four different versions of the cover. One photograph features Winfrey, 55, and DeGeneres, 51, all in white, with Winfrey perched atop a giant gift box. Another has DeGeneres tied up in a string of holiday lights.



Inside, Ellen chats about life with wife Portia DeRossi – and her new job as an American Idol judge.

"They came to me, and it was a total surprise," she says. "I like to try new things because I get bored so easily. And I like the show, so I thought it was a great idea."

And so was having her on the cover of the magazine, Winfrey adds.

FIRST LOOK: Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres Share the Spotlight| Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey

"Ellen DeGeneres is a woman who can make things happen," Winfrey says. "When she decided she wanted to be on the cover of O, she pulled out all the stops. It worked – for only the second time in O history, I'm sharing the cover with a woman I adore."

"When Ellen arrived at the photo shoot for our cover, I didn't have to ask her how she was doing: it showed on her face," she continues. "She radiated the kind of peace and satisfaction that comes only when you're living at your highest potential."

Winfrey first shared the cover with First Lady Michelle Obama for on the April 2009 issue.

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