"Early the next morning (Oprah Winfrey) got on the intercom in her house – she has an intercom in all her houses – and she was calling, 'Barbara, Barbara come down, we're going for a walk," said Barbara Winfrey, who added that King actually did most of the talking once they were together. By the end of the walk I felt we'd covered the whole farm." Winfrey fought back gay rumors in a 2010 interview with ABC News, saying she and King, who first met while working together at a Baltimore television station, is more like a family member but is not a lover. the mother I never had," Winfrey said of King in the interview with Barbara Walters.
Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19.
Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, By the mid-1990s, she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality.