Oprah Winfrey at the gala screening of Precious at the Toronto International Film Festival (9/13)
Using the morning to catch up on stuff I wanted to post on Thursday but the [Wild] Turkey prohibited me from doing so. According to the National Enquirer, the real reason Oprah is quitting her talk show in 2011 is so she can spend more time with her "friend" Gayle. Aw, how sweet. "Guy Who Can't Take A Hint" thinks they must be really really close friends. From the tabloid:
The move will also mark the end of Oprah's longtime relationship with Stedman Graham, sources say, as the 55-year-old media mogul focuses her attention on grooming Gayle for her own talk show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and other projects for the two of them. As part of her plan, Oprah intends to move Gayle into "The Promised Land," her sprawling 42-acre estate in Montecito, Calif., which she's told pals will be her primary residence.Wait a minute, Oprah really named her estate "The Promised Land"? Was her goal to confuse it with a lesbian theme park? I guess cooler names like "The Beaver's Den" and "Six Flags Vagina Mountain" were already taken. Oprah ending up with a woman really shouldn't be that much of a surprise. When you're a loud-mouthed fat chick you really don't have much of a choice.*
"Now that she's giving up her talk show, Oprah sees no reason to stay in Chicago," said a TV insider close to Winfrey. "She was planning on making the transition to the Southern California area anyway, for the sake of her Oprah Winfrey Network. She and Gayle have a number of good friends in the Santa Barbara area, and they feel like it's home. They both love it there."
Oprah's move to California with Gayle, 54, will also mark the end of her relationship with 58-year-old Stedman, the public relations and marketing executive she began dating in May 1986.
*See: O'Donnell, Rosie; Etheridge, Melissa; and Aiken, Clay