The friendship of Oprah Winfrey & Gayle King is being tested to the extreme utmost these days. According to report, Gayle King has decided to walk away from Oprah and end “The Gayle King Show” on OWN for a brand new gig on a major network set to debut in Jan 2012.
Sources went on to say that Oprah is extremely “hurt” & “devastated” at Gayle’s decision and can’t believe she would walk away from her during a time when her “OWN” network is struggling heavily with ratings. To make matter’s worst Oprah has been reportedly also begging her not to leave. Drama…drama..drama!
“Please, please don’t leave me!”
A distraught OPRAH WINFREY begged her best pal GAYLE KING not to abandon her OWN network in favor of a brand-new gig on CBS’ revamped “The Early Show” – and she was reduced to tears when Gayle turned her back and walked out the door, sources told The ENQUIRER.
Oprah, 57, is said to be devastated about what she feels is a personal betrayal, as well as the programming nightmare she now faces in filling the slot once held by “The Gayle King Show.”
“Oprah is terribly hurt that Gayle could be so ungrateful,” a source revealed. “She begged Gayle not to go, but Gayle said she just couldn’t pass up the opportunity of a lifetime.
“And I think she stunned Oprah when she kept saying, ‘It’s a major network!’ ”
As for Oprah’s floundering OWN network, it has seen several high-profile executive departures recently as it struggles in the ratings.
“To lose Gayle and her talk show at this crucial time is just heartbreaking for Oprah,” continued the source. Despite her personal grief, Oprah put on a happy public face when discussing Gayle’s departure.
“We are so happy for Gayle’s opportunity of a lifetime,” the network said in a statement. “She’ll be fantastic host for the new morning show on CBS, and we wish her all the best.”
But behind the scenes it was nothing but happy, the source maintained. [source]
We’ll to be honest in my opinion if this is indeed true. Oprah needs to take her a** back to ABC and re-start her talk-show. I think Oprah had the intention to really bring a serious network to the airwaves when she created “OWN“, but the hard-core truth is that people don’t want to see the type of programming she’s offering.
Oprah really needs to figure out a way to bring the type of shows people want to see or she will find herself left in the dust. By all mean, I love Oprah herself but when he comes to TV network’s if you don’t have the viewership than you really don’t even have a network.