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Oprah Winfrey is finally commenting in response to last week's publication of Kitty Kelley's unauthorized book all about the talk-show queen, Oprah: A Biography.
Winfrey, 56, criticized the book, referring to it as a "so-called biography," during The New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards on Monday night, according to People.
The daytime diva attended the ceremony to present an award to her longtime best friend, Gayle King (editor-at-large for O magazine), and told the crowd that the past week "was a rough one" for King, 55, because of how much she cares about what's going on in Oprah's life.
Among the many claims published in Kelley's book is the assertion that Vernon Winfrey is not the TV star's biological father. At the event, Winfrey took the opportunity to jokingly acknowledge the allegation, saying, "Gayle got herself worked out with all my new daddies coming out."
But Winfrey, who brushed off the book's impact by commenting, "This too shall pass," did not let Kelley's book dominate her remarks. The media mogul praised King and described her as the "best friend who always wants the best for me."
And with the sense of humor fans recognize as a key ingredient in their friendship, Winfrey talked about a rare moment of rivalry between them: "She's never been jealous or envious of me a single moment of my life except when I was on stage singing with Tina Turner." Well, who can blame her?!
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