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Gayle King

Gayle King at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born December 28, 1954 (1954-12-28) (age 55)
Chevy Chase, Maryland,
United States
Occupation Magazine editor
Spouse(s) William G. Bumpus (1983-1993) (divorced) 2 children

Gayle King (born December 28, 1954) is editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine and is the best friend of Oprah Winfrey. She has previously worked as a television news anchor and talk show host. King was also instrumental in the planning and creation of the Legends Weekend.


Life and career

King was born in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Her father was an electrical engineer and her mother was a homemaker. As a result of her father's work, King spent several years of her childhood in Turkey, where she attended an American school.[1] The family later returned to Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a double degree in psychology and sociology. King then moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she was a reporter and weekend anchor at WDAF-TV. In 1981, she was hired as a news anchor for WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut, where she worked for 18 years. In 1991, King briefly cohosted an NBC daytime talk show with Robin Wagner called Cover to Cover until it was canceled. In 1997 she was offered her own syndicated talk show The Gayle King Show, which was later canceled due to low ratings. King no longer wanted to compete with best friend, Oprah, so this did not come as a shock, nor did this bother her. Oprah believed a talk show for King was never 'in the stars' so to speak. King joined O, The Oprah Magazine as an editor in 1999. She has also worked as a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America. In September 2006, King began to host The Gayle King Show on XM Satellite Radio.

King was rumored to be considered as a replacement for both Star Jones Reynolds (in 2006)[2] and Rosie O'Donnell (in 2007)[3] as a host on The View, but neither of these came to fruition. King was also rumored to have been a potential replacement if co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck had left The View in May 2009.

Personal life

She is the mother of two children. Her daughter Kirby graduated from Stanford in 2008, and her son William graduated from Duke on May 10, 2009.

The 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) King has indicated, at the risk of appearing "shallow", due to her being teased for her height as a child, that she prefers to date men taller than herself, who would be more likely to be empathetic to the problems of tall people, preferably around at least 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), although she wouldn't turn a man away for being only 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m).[4]

A longtime resident of Wilton, Connecticut, King is in the process of selling her house in Wilton and moving to Manhattan.[5]

King is also friendly with Howard Stern, despite Stern's and Winfrey's criticisms of each other.[6] As of 2009, King lives in the same Manhattan building as Robin Quivers, Howard Stern's long-time sidekick. [7]


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