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Oprah Winfrey weeps to Barbara Walters over Gayle King; talks Stedman

December 8, 2010 |  2:34 pm

This is gonna be good -- Barbara Walters let slip a little sample of her upcoming cathartic chat with Oprah Winfrey, wherein the most powerful woman in media lets loose about her super-close friendship with Gayle King.

"She is the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don't know a better person," Winfrey, overcome with emotion, said of King. Walters pressed her about why she was so verklempt.

"Shoot, I wasn't going to cry here," Winfrey said. "It's making me cry becuase I'm thinking about how much I probably have never told her that."

"Tissue please! I now need tissue."

Babs addressed the longtime rumors that Oprah and Gayle are perhaps more than friends.

"Well, I have said we are not gay enough times. I'm not lesbian, I'm not even kind of lesbian," Winfrey said. She said she finds homosexuality nothing to hide, but is frustrated by the rumors because they won't die.

Winfrey also discusses Stedman Graham, her only public male love interest for the last 100 years or so. Walters told the big O that, like, no one thought she and Sted were still an item.

"That's shocking to me ... [he's] the love, the lover, the man, the partner, the mate. ... I do not know another man on this planet who could live this life with such grace," Winfrey said.

The entire delicious interview airs Tuesday on ABC.

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-- Matt Donnelly
Twitter.com/MattDonnelly

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