Oprah: I am NOT a Lesbian

Tells Barbara Walters she and Gayle King are just great friends

Oprah Winfrey has heard the lesbian rumors, and if they were true, she would tell us.

In a sit-down with ABC's Barbara Walters, Winfrey said her friendship with Gayle King is platonic. She said the gossip that the two are an item annoys her.

"I'm not even kind of a lesbian," Winfrey says."Why would you want to hide it? That is not the way I run my life." 

King, Winfrey said, is simply her best pal.

"[She's] the mother I never had, the sister everybody would want," Winfrey said. "She is the friend that everybody deserves." Winfrey's eyes moisten and her voice chokes as she adds, "I don't know a better person."

The daytime diva also said she has butterflies about leaving her show to launch a cable channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network.

"I would wake up in the middle of the night literally like clutching my chest, like, 'What have I done?'" she told Walters.

Selected Reading: The Associated Press, Oprah.com, Mediaite

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