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Oprah Winfrey Gushes Over BFF Gayle King And Reveals Their Joint ‘O Magazine’ Cover

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“I’m on the cover? Did anybody check with Oprah?” joked CBS news host Gayle King. “They said it was Oprah’s idea.” Gayle, Oprah’s longtime best friend, knows sharing the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine with her BFF is a very big deal.

Oprah has done almost every single cover of the more than 230 covers of the magazine solo.

This issue, out on stands August 13, of O, The Oprah Magazine is also special for another reason:  It’s the friendship-themed issue. The dynamic duo go all the way back to the 1970s, when they worked together at a Baltimore, Maryland, television station.

“People come up to me all the time and introduce their friends to me as ‘This is my Gayle,’ so I think it means something,” Oprah said.  “Someone asked me the other day, how is it that our friendship has lasted so long?”

“It’s because she has a life of her own and now people can see that she has a life of her own,” Oprah answered. “I think people were surprised when they started seeing her on CBS. People were like, ‘How did you learn TV so quickly?’ She’s been doing it forever!”

Gayle shared the gorgeous cover on Instagram with a sweet message to her best gal pal:

“We’ve been friends since we were 21 and 22 … forty plus years later here we are! Our first (and never to be duplicated) @oprahmagazine cover! we have each other’s backs always I believe it’s called ‘ride or die’ …@oprah is the truth in all things full stop… this was suppose to be an inside shot and the o of o said make it a cover …thanx Oprah!”

Watch Oprah gush over her bestie and talk about her upcoming project, drama series David Makes Man to premiere on OWN on August 14.

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