Oprah Winfrey Finally Addresses "So-Called Biography"

After days of silence on the subject, talk-show queen disses Kitty Kelley's new tell-all tome at Matrix Awards in New York City

By Breanne L. Heldman Apr 20, 2010 2:13 PMTags
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Oprah Winfrey's never been one to toss around the diss.

Needless to say, on the rare occasion she does, it's packed with sizzle. And a whole lotta class.

Last week, author Kitty Kelley released a book on the media maven, alleging that Winfrey rules by fear, used drugs, has a secret birth father and even dated John Tesh. Oprah: A Biography also did nothing to halt the infamous gay rumors. Still, the usually loquacious Winfrey was mum on the subject.

Well, until yesterday.

Oprah was in New York City to present a New York Women in Communication Matrix Award to BFF Gayle King and took the opportunity to coolly admit what she really thinks of that book, calling it a "so-called biography"...

"Last week was a rough week for Gayle when a so-called biography came out," she said, according to the Huffington Post. "Every day she's getting herself more and more worked up about all of my new daddies that are now showing up, new daddies who are saying, 'Hello daughter, call me, I need a new roof.' Well, this too shall pass."

In Oprah-land, "so-called biography" is like the verbal equivalent of an eye-roll followed by a major stink-eye.

(Originally published April 20, 2010, at 6:07 a.m. PT)


Kelley's Oprah: A Biography also revealed a romance with John Tesh, but that's not exactly salacious.