Gayle on Oprah: ‘I Don’t Think There is Anyone Who Can Do What She Does’


By Chris Ariens Comment

GayleOprah_11.26.jpgHappy Thanksgiving everyone.

Here’s something to chew on: Oprah’s BFF, and former local news anchor Gayle King, talks with’s David Hirschman in this week”s So What Do You Do? feature.

When Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King first worked together at a local news broadcast in Baltimore more than 30 years ago, the two bonded instantly. As Winfrey went on to build up a massive media operation around her brand, including a magazine, book club, and now the nascent OWN cable network, King has supported her through it all. But she’s more than just the talk show queen’s confidante. The self-proclaimed “TV baby” earned old-fashioned broadcasting chops by working her way up as a reporter and anchor through various markets, and for the past decade she has been editor-at-large at O, The Oprah Magazine.

“I never feel in competition with Oprah,” says King. “I really don’t feel that I’m standing in Oprah’s shadow. I always feel that I am standing in Oprah’s light. And I am, by far, one of her biggest supporters. So it isn’t hard for me. Oprah and I are very similar. We think alike, some people say we talk alike. But I don’t think there is anyone who can do what she does.”