THEY SAY: OPRAH WINFREY IS “DEVASTATED” AFTER GAYLE KING LEAVES “OWN” FOR CBS “THE EARLY SHOW”!

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!

The Scoop:

“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.

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11 Responses to THEY SAY: OPRAH WINFREY IS “DEVASTATED” AFTER GAYLE KING LEAVES “OWN” FOR CBS “THE EARLY SHOW”!

  1. caroline carlsonives says:

    I was a loyal follower but felt to have to pay extra and not be able to watch the same type of venue discouraged me. I just cancelled xm as I was only listening to Gale King. I missed what used to be, but not what is now.
    caroline

  2. Kay says:

    I live in rural WV – I was an Oprah fan from the time she was in Chicago until the day she left.
    I did sign up for the radio and the OWN
    but have been disappointed – I love OPRAH Dr Oz and all she created.
    I was not then or now a Gayle King fan.
    Oprah should do what she wants – she’s given us her life – having said this I will also say
    I miss her show so very much.
    Others are trying to fill the gap but its not the same. We grew up with O
    and even the magazine has changed since she retired.

  3. cindy dodd says:

    CHANGE IS GROWTH AND OPRAH AND GAYLE HAVE BOTH DECIDED TO MAKE A CHANGE. GOD BLESS BOTH OF YOU. JUST KEEP IN MIND FRIENDSHIPS ARE LASTING SOMETIME YOU MUST MAKE CHANGES FOR YOUR OWN !!! BENEFIT . LIFE WILL GO OWN!!! SO WILL OPRAH AND GAYLE. RETHINK YOUR GOALS AND DREAMS FOR OWN NETWORK IT CAN WORK . ASK GOD TO LEAD YOU AND ORDER YOUR THOUGHTS AND YOUR STEPS. OPRAH ,REMEMBER GOD WANTS YOU TO HAVE THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART.WORK OWN!!! DREAM OWN!!! BELIEVE OWN!!!
    GOD TRULY LOVES BOTH OF YOU,
    PS: OPRAH PLEASE READ JEREMAIH 29-11 DON’T FORGET THE POWER OF GODS WORDS, CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE. OWN IS A MAJOR NETWORK!!! YOU ARE BUILDING IT INTO A EMPIRE!!!

  4. Valerie Nesbitt says:

    Actually, I’ve been wondering whats been going on with OWN. I love Lisa Lings show and now its on hiatus. I was never a Gayle King fan so to see her go is no big deal. Oprah needs some new ideas for her network and get them on ASAP. If it doesn’t happen I’m sure she’ll be fine………….

  5. grwww says:

    I think that CBS saw the potential of what Gayle could bring to the air, and bought her away from OWN so that they would not have to compete with OWN. It’s important to understand that all of the TV broadcasters are suffering because of the instant gratification available via the web via video companies such as netflix. Things are getting tough for them. They need controversial activities and content to draw viewers in.

  6. Dee says:

    I think that Oprah and Gail’s friendship has, and will continue to thrive through any situation. I’m sure that Oprah was a little hurt when Gail left. But I also think that Oprah is not the kind of person to hold someone back from an opportunity of a lifetime. Even if Gail’s decision turns out to fail, they will be alright. I think Gail needed to stretch her wings and go for something apart from Oprah. And I really believe Oprah understands that. I wish them both well!

  7. kay nandlall says:

    I DO THINK GALE SHOW WAS THIRD RATE I LOOKED AT IT A FEW TIMES AND WAS BORED STIFF SHE IS NO OPRAH AND HAS NO LOYALTY CBS IS CALLING HERE SHE RUN…..KAY

  8. Suzanne Pugh says:

    I think it’s an absolute betrayal! Oprah made Gayle King and now Gayle leaves when she’s needed the most??? Shame on you, Gayle!

  9. carrell says:

    No disrespect to oprah, I think It’s time for oprah to enjoy her life and move on. She has ran her course, step back and enjoy the all the things she have accomplished in life, and leave the spot light for others that she has lad the foundation for., I think she just don’t want to be out of tv, well, out site out of mind. We will still no her for the good work she’s done in this country, give it up Oprah, my advice to her , give Rene Syler a talk show., Love u Oprah.

  10. A Secret Admirer says:

    It is what it is.
    Only good can come from this.
    The universe is an unlimited place
    And we are ever expanding.

    All is well !!

    Everyone will be fine.

    NOW what should we talk about??

    :-))

  11. Maria madera says:

    I saw the gayle king show a few times and was astonished at her lack of interviewing skills she constantly onterrupted the guest and most of the time ot seems she is in love with her own voice. Oprah is lucky to be rid of her. We love you oprah

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