They truly are BFFs!
Gayle, who was watching the ABC special in a hotel room in Tasmania, explained:
"I had just ordered room service and I was sitting there and I watched it. And I called her and said, 'I'm sitting in my room crying all by myself.' I was just caught off guard. No one had asked me the question that way."
During the special, Oprah described Gayle as the "mother I never had. She is…the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves."
Gayle said that even though she always knew that Oprah valued their 30-year friendship, it was the first time she ever heard Oprah describe her that way. She added:
"Why would she say, 'You're the mother I never had?!' Why would she say that to me? I know we mean a lot to each other, but no, we don't go around expressing our love for each other. It just is."
Aw, that's so sweet! It's making us tear up a little bit too! It must feel pretty amazing to hear your best friend say such beautiful things about you on national television.
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