If you live in the 21st century, you know who Oprah Winfrey is, and you probably know of her best friend, CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, too. But what Oprah has said of working mom Gayle in interviews will make you miss your best friend. It’s well deserved, and yup, it’s definitely #BFFGoals.
The two women are the stars of September’s O, The Oprah Magazine cover. The “friendship issue,” which hits stands on August 13, includes an interview between the two media moguls on their rock-solid friendship.
Oprah has consistently made glowing comments about Gayle’s parenting in interviews, on social media, on her own show, and in her magazine, of which Gayle is an editor.
The duo met back in 1976 while working at the same Baltimore television station and have been inseparable ever since. In a 2006 interview with O, The Oprah Magazine which is now resurfacing in advance of the release of their new interview, Oprah praised her best friend’s parenting as a working mom.
Gayle, a mother of a daughter and son in their 30s, has always put her children first even in the face of major career opportunities—which Oprah applauds.
“I admire a lot of things about Gayle, but when I think about the way she raised her kids, that makes me weepy,” Oprah said in the interview. “Gayle is the best mother I have ever seen, heard or read about. She was always 100 percent there for those kids—to this day.”
In the interview, Oprah said she once offered Gayle a position on The Oprah Winfrey Show, a deal that would have involved handing the show off to Gayle at the end of that year. Gayle declined the offer because it would’ve meant moving cities, which wouldn’t have allowed her ex-husband to see their kids as regularly. Oprah said she was initially shocked at the rejection, but understood the selflessness behind it.
“That’s why she’s the best, and her kids are the best,” Oprah said of Gayle’s noble parenting decisions. “Her kids are my godchildren.”
In a 2017 episode of Watch What Happens Live, Gayle shared the story of the gift Oprah gave her after her second child was born, just 11 months after the first. It was something every working mom would be envious of: a live-in nanny. The gift was one Gayle told the audience she never would’ve been able to afford herself. Oprah said she would pay for the nanny’s full salary until she was no longer needed.
Let this serve as a reminder to appreciate your favorite working mom. Or your best friend.