IUC EXCLUSIVE: THE QUEEN OF TELEVISION IS GAY – OPRAH WINFREY, MOST FAMOUS CLOSETED CELEBRITY, PLANS TO COME OUT AFTER HER TALKSHOW ENDS
My readers might have noticed that a prominent photo was removed from the list last night at midnight.
IUC has learned that Oprah is seriously contemplating taking a page from her former talk show rival, Rosie O’Donnell, and finally coming out as a lesbian shortly after she gives up her talk show.
During my undercover investigation posing as a gay actor in Hollywood a couple of years ago, the most frequently cited closet case by those in the know did not reside in Los Angeles but in Chicago, none other than the queen of daytime television.
“Get real,” dished a prominent Hollywood poker playing group of industry pros who call themselves the ‘Queers of the Round Table.’ “Only those in the fly over states still believe Oprah is straight.”
The supposed subject of her Sapphic affection, of course, is Gayle King, her BFF who has been joined at Oprah’s hip and apparently other parts of her anatomy since 1976 when they worked together at a Baltimore TV station. King later married and divorced a lawyer and had two children, for whom Oprah is the godmother. Oprah has never married.
When rumors about the couple’s special relationship began to surface in the early 90’s, Oprah suddenly announced that she was “engaged” to a businessman named Stedman Graham, better known as the most famous beard since Santa’s. When they failed to marry, Oprah explained that they had decided to have a “spiritual union” instead. Occasionally she trots Stedman out on the red carpet with her, but numerous insiders have told me that they are definitely NOT a couple.
Both Oprah and Gayle denied being lesbian lovers a few years ago, sort of. In an interview with Oprah’s O Magazine, Gayle said, “The truth is, if we were gay, we would so tell you, because there’s nothing wrong with being gay.” Oprah’s comment was a similar non-denial denial: “I’ve told nearly everything there is to tell. All my stuff is out there. People think I’d be so ashamed of being gay that I wouldn’t admit it? Oh, please. “ Gayle did admit, “If Oprah were a man, I would marry her.” Tellingly, the denials prompted Rosie O’Donnell herself to speculate that the couple were probably lesbians even if they’re “not doing it,” saying that she thought Oprah and Gayle were “a little bit gay.”
I have been trying to track down the gay rumors about Gayle and Oprah for ages and, although I have never seen them in bed together or interviewed somebody who claims to have had sex with either one of them, I am now told by someone close to her production company that Oprah feels it important to come clean about her relationship “when the time is right,” and that Oprah herself has speculated that she will follow Rosie’s path of waiting until shortly after her talk show ends. “Look for her to go on Barbara Walters a week or two after her show is off the air,” she says. The insider told me that those at Harpo who know the truth are unconcerned because they don’t think her admission would have a negative impact on her ratings. “The sticking point is the black community, particularly black women,” she explains. “Oprah is very proud to be a role model for black women, but she knows how homophobic and Christian the community is, and she worries that the truth would alienate her from her sisters.”
When I met her in New York a couple years ago, Oprah struck me as a genuine and sincere person. She showed particular affection to my daughter and was nothing but gracious. While I can respect her reasons for remaining in the closet, I also know the immeasurable impact she could have on homophobic middle America by coming out. Please don’t wait, Oprah. You’re a big enough role model that your admission could do more to break down the barriers of intolerance than perhaps any other celebrity on earth.
Important Update: A Caucasian woman contacted IUC today, claiming she’s had a 16-year affair with Oprah. Her story seems solid. I’m attempting to get Oprah’s side of the story. Until then, I won’t reveal more.