Celebrating Oprah

Oprah Winfrey & Gayle King: Inside Their 35-Year Friendship

They've talked their way through a road trip, 140 appearances on Oprah and those gay rumors. Look back at their enduring bond


With Oprah's meteoric rise, Gayle becomes the Queen of Talk's perpetual plus one, attending A-list events like the 2009 Toronto Film Festival premiere of George Clooney's Up in the Air with Oprah. "I don't feel myself standing in her shadow. I really do see myself standing in her light," Gayle says in 2011. "I don't feel that it diminishes me in any way to be referred to as her best friend."