Has business ruined the relationship between Oprah Winfrey and BFF Gayle King?
Gayle reportedly offended Oprah when she recently decided to leave Oprah’s OWN network to become a part of the CBS morning crew.
“Oprah is terribly hurt that Gayle could be so ungrateful,” a source told the National Enquirer. “She begged Gayle not to go, but Gayle said she just couldn’t pass up the opportunity of a lifetime…. and I think she stunned Oprah when she kept saying, ‘It’s a major network!’”
Gayle’s decision to jump ship at OWN came shortly after she interviewed 50 Cent on her show. The two apparently clicked, and Gayle had a temporary 50 Cent tattoo drawn onto her arm. Gayle and 50 also posted photos of them embracing and sent flattering, flirtatious Twitter messages to one another.
Earlier this month, a source told the Enquirer: Oprah is “livid that the woman she expects absolute loyalty from is getting chummy with a bad boy who publicly mocks her…Oprah has been a longtime opponent of rap music that is violent and demeaning to women, and she considers 50 to be one of the worst offenders. Oprah hates him!”
Gayle wouldn’t be the first sister to leave Oprah unexpectedly. Iyanla Vanzant, who was once a regular life coach on Oprah’s talk show, decided to walk away from the Oprah empire to launch her own syndicated talk show, which wasn’t exactly a hit with audiences.
It lasted one season.
It remains to be seen whether Gayle’s choice to separate from Oprah will result in a similar fate for the journalist.
Despite the rumors about Oprah’s issues with Gayle’s decisions, the media mogul released a statement in which she wished her friend well.
“We are so happy for Gayle’s opportunity of a lifetime,” the network said in a statement. “She’ll be a fantastic host for the new morning show on CBS, and we wish her all the best.”
—Tracy L. Scott
What do you think? Is it wise of Gayle to branch out on her own, or is it a mistake for her to leave Oprah? Leave your comments below.