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It's Good To Be The King...Gayle King Oprah's Best Friend, That Is - Don't Get Me Started!
Now I really don't begrudge anyone anything that luck happens to dump in their lap and the same goes for Ms. Gayle King, Oprah's best friend. She's very lucky that her best gal pal is one of the most influential and richest people in their world. It's a little like picking your parents in a way. She knew Oprah before she was a mega-billionaire so she may or may not have known just how big a star she was "hitching her star to" but nonetheless, her horse has come in and she's reaping the benefits. It's good to be the king...Gayle King Oprah's best friend, that is - Don't Get Me Started!
It has occurred to me on more than one occasion that I do not have the friends that could turn into another Oprah and put me on their payroll (damn it all to hell). Everyone knows that these "friends" (or more likely sycophants and leeches) usually just make sure that the Perrier is the right temperature and the crust is off the bread but sometimes, just sometimes, they get put in positions that really they have no business being in and yet no one seems to care because, after all, they are so and so's best friend. (Let me just say, I'm ready, willing and able - billionaires, apply here - I'm fun to be around on a regular basis at parties and very creative!)
Well, I'm not picking on Gayle King but honestly what are her qualifications? And more importantly, where do I sign up? All you have to do is watch a few shows that Gayle is on with Oprah and you begin to see the whole dynamic. Gayle is basically Oprah's bitch. Oprah can make fun of Gayle, tell her how wrong or stupid she is and yet Gayle sits there with a smile on her face like Oliver from the musical, saying, "Please sir, I want some more!" But come on, wouldn't you? Don't bite the hand that feeds you, right?
Recently I heard that Gayle King was one of the people being considered as a replacement on The View. Here's the problem with that one, Gayle is one of the dullest people I've ever watched on television. She has nothing to offer (except that she's Oprah's pal). I can't even imagine her being able to do the show without referencing Oprah every few minutes and having Oprah call in on an earpiece to tell her what to say.
I watched the road trip they took and this more than anything proved that Gayle is Oprah's baby sister that takes a sibling beating at least once an hour. While Oprah looks disgusted and hurls insults at Gayle, Gayle pouts and tries (unsuccessfully) to deflect the taunts. But I guess if it works for them, who am I to say?
Well, what I'd like Gayle to say to Oprah are things like, "Yes, you're the boss of me but you don't own me, bosswoman." I'd like Gayle to tell Oprah not to sing with every musical guest that is on the show while she keeps looking at the camera to see if they're getting a shot of her singing along with the musical guest. Gayle could tell her that that bushy, all thrown up on the top of her head hairstyle looks like shit. And she could let Oprah know that having middle aged white women scream at the top of their lungs because they're getting a nail file and the latest sunglasses from some company that is supposedly "Oprah's favorite" is more than a little annoying for the home viewers. If Gayle did these things, perhaps she would be more interesting and could become a serious contender to break out on her own (after the considerable leg up from her pal).
But no, I fear we're doomed to watch segments of Gayle trying to find the perfect burger across the country while Oprah makes fun of her love of food (as if Oprah doesn't love her a good burger) and belittle her on national television so that Oprah can seem like the funnier and prettier one. In a way it's a little like watching Ethel and Lucy. It's widely known now that it was in Lucy's contract to make sure that Ethel (Vivian Vance) never had nicer clothes or hair than Lucy. Ethel was contractually supposed to be frumpier at all times. This didn't make the show work better, just made Lucy feel better about herself (just as I suspect it does for Oprah). Of course the difference here is that Vivian Vance was a scream. If you ever doubt it, watch the episode where they visit Ethel Mae Potter's home town in New Mexico to see the brilliance that was Vivian Vance.
Unfortunately, I don't see that kind of brilliance coming from Gayle King. But then again, does she really need to produce anything to be the straight man for Oprah's comedy act? I guess it works for them and obviously for millions of women and men who watch them both but if Oprah ever decided to do a reality show she should consider doing Who Wants To Be Gayle King. People would line up for miles and miles to get a crack at dethroning King. Because after all, it's good to be the king...Gayle King Oprah's best friend, that is - Don't Get Me Started!
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