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Gayle King (born December 28, 1954) is editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine and is the best friend of Oprah Winfrey. She has previously worked as a television news anchor and talk show host. King was also instrumental in the planning and creation of the Legends Weekend.

Life and career

King was born in Chevy Chase, Marylandmarker. Her father was an electrical engineer and her mother was a homemaker. As a result of her father's work, King spent several years of her childhood in Turkeymarker, where she attended an American school. The family later returned to Maryland. She graduated from the University of Marylandmarker in 1976 with a degree in psychology. King then moved to Kansas City, Missourimarker where she was a reporter and weekend anchor at WDAF-TVmarker. In 1981, she was hired as a news anchor for WFSBmarker in Hartford, Connecticutmarker, where she worked for 18 years. In 1991, King briefly cohosted an NBC daytime talk show with Robin Wagner called Cover to Cover until it was canceled. In 1997 she was offered her own syndicated talk show The Gayle King Show, which was later canceled due to low ratings. King joined O, The Oprah Magazine as an editor in 1999. She has also worked as a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America. In September 2006, King began to host The Gayle King Show on XM Satellite Radio.

King was rumored to be considered as a replacement for both Star Jones Reynolds (in 2006) and Rosie O'Donnell (in 2007) as a host on The View, but neither of these came to fruition. King was also rumored to have been a potential replacement if co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck had left The View in May 2009.

Personal life

She is the mother of two children. Her daughter Kirby graduated from Stanford in 2008, and her son William graduated from Duke on May 10, 2009.

The King has indicated, at the risk of appearing "shallow", due to her being teased for her height as a child, that she prefers to date men taller than herself, who would be more likely to be empathetic to the problems of tall people, preferably around at least , although she wouldn't turn a man away for being only .

A longtime resident of Wilton, Connecticutmarker, King is in the process of selling her house in Wilton and moving to Manhattan.

King is also friendly with Howard Stern, despite Stern's and Winfrey's criticisms of each other. As of 2009, King lives in the same Manhattanmarker building as Robin Quivers, Howard Stern's long-time sidekick.


  1. The Late Show with David Letterman, 2008-04-03.
  2. - Oprah’s BFF to 'The View'? Look Out, Star - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment
  3. - Rosie O'Donnell Decided to Leave 'View' When Walters Failed to Defend Her Against Trump - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment
  4. King, Gayle (2008-12-29). Gayle King Show. Broadcast on 2008-12-29 on Oprah channel.
  5. Oprah’s best friend, Gayle King, lists 10,433-square-foot house in Greenwich, CT for $7.475M
  6. The Howard Stern Show. Sirius XM Radio. Howard 100, New York. 8 Apr. 2009.
  7. The Howard Stern Show. Sirius XM Radio. Howard 100, New York. 23 Sept. 2009.

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