Oprah Winfrey And Gayle King Reunite After Months Apart, Share Social Distancing Plan

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King laugh and sit next to each other in chairs during an interview.

Longtime BFFs Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King have been reunited after spending months apart. The two popular media personalities, who had been quarantining on separate coasts with their families, dropped a video this past week of them finally hanging out. Don’t worry, though, there was a social distancing plan in place.

The two ladies and their respective families set up two separate tables with plenty of space in between. That way, they could talk to each other and hang out without any risk of getting Covid-19. Then, later on, Gayle King and her family, who travelled from New York to join Oprah Winfrey and her family in Santa Barbara, will get tested. If the results come back negative, they’ll all then be able to hang out with each other safely. You can check out the Instagram video Oprah Magazine dropped below…

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Most of the discussion surrounding the pandemic has focused on the health impacts, the economic impacts and governmental rules, regulations or lack thereof. That’s obviously understandable, but in addition to the more measurable effects, there has also been a real impact in quieter ways on things like mental health and friendship. In short, most of us have really missed seeing those we love on a more regular basis, and that’s every bit as true for Oprah and Gayle as it is for you and your best friend.

King and Winfrey have been friends since the mid-to-late 70s. The public became much more interested in their bond, however, after The Oprah Winfrey Show took off in the late 80s and early 90s. King worked as a special correspondent on the show, and the ladies’ friendship was sometimes a source of discussion. It’s wonderful to see how well they still get along.

In the time since The Oprah Winfrey Show ended, its namesake has taken at least a small step back from the public eye. She launched the OWN TV network and has appeared in a variety of specials and worked as a producer or executive producer on a number of projects and will do so moving forward with Apple too. She recently hosted a two night special called Where Do We Go From Here? that touched on current social justice protests and the next steps we can take as a nation. King, on the other hand, has pursued more projects and stepped more into the limelight on her own. She is currently a co-host on CBS This Morning and has spent the past several years conducting many high profile interviews.

Here’s to hoping hanging out again in person was everything both of the women hoped for and more. There’s no replacement for a good friend, especially one that’s been by your side to offer support for more than four decades.

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