You’d think Oprah Winfrey would be too bothered by a certain you-know-what to mention it at a high-profile event like New York Women in Communications’ annual Matrix Awards. Yet, she says, it’s her ‘MSF’ (mother sister friend) Gayle King who has needed the most consoling.
“May I say the last week was a rough week for Gayle when a so-called biography came out. Every day she was getting herself more and more worked up about all of my new daddies. Somebody saying ‘Hello, daughter. Call me. I need a new roof.'”
Watch an excerpt from Winfrey’s speech below and follow the click for a round-up of quotes from this year’s honorees and presenters.
Oprah Winfrey on pulling rank at O:
Excuse you. I do not see a ‘G’ on this cover.
On King leaving her job in television news to become O‘s editor at large:
There would not be an ‘O’ without the commitment and the heart of the ‘G.’
Gayle King on Oprah:
She is the best friend a person could ever have.
On their both wearing orange at the event:
I’m wearing my orange dress. I’m wearing two body slimmers, and I am IN it.
NBC’s Brian Williams:
There is an elephant in the room… I don’t know why a man was chosen to host this luncheon.
In his closing remarks:
We need you to remain seated until Oprah’s plane clears New York airspace.
Actress and writer Tina Fey:
It’s great that women support each other, but “do not try to get a job from me today.”
On her “twin” that day:
When Sheryl [Crow] and I were getting dressed this morning…
While we are here with a few network queens — No, Brian. We are not talking about you.
Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products & user experience, Google:
Geeks are people who love something so much that all the details matter.
Sheryl Crow, singer:
“New York was there for me when I was without a country. It was 1997, and I was at the end of the second of my three engagements. I love being engaged.”
Susan Shira, foreign editor, The New York Times:
I dared to want two things: work and family.
SNL’s Seth Myers:
I’m half the writer Tina Fey is, but twice as good having worked with her.
On the Matrix Awards:
My mother told me learn good table manners, ’cause you never know when you’re gonna eat in front of a thousand women.
Anna Quindlen, author and journalist:
[Ina Garten] is the best friend of home cooking… She wants us all to be happy and full and to have dessert afterwards.
CBS’ Lesley Stahl:
[Doris Kearns Goodwin] is an expert on, I think, just about everything. You could just hear her on Jeopardy: ‘Alex, I think I’ll take all human knowledge for $1,000.’