Gayle King says Oprah was “one of the best therapists” when she got divorced

Oprah Winfrey may be a billionaire media mogul, but her close friend and TV journalist Gayle King thinks she could have been a successful therapist.

King spoke about how Winfrey supported her when she divorced her ex-husband, William Pompus, during Tuesday’s episode of the Brooke Shields podcast, “What Now? With Brooke Shields.”

“She’s one of the best therapists ever,” King said of her longtime friend. “If she had a second career, she would be—honest to God, she’s one of the best therapists ever.”

King has spoken publicly about the time she caught Bumpus in bed with another woman in 1990. The couple divorced in 1993, and they share two children, Kirby Bumpus and William Bumpus Jr.

The “CBS This Morning” host told Shields that she initially only told Winfrey and her mother about her ex-husband’s infidelity.

“I knew I could trust them,” she said.

Gayle King with her children, Kirby Pompus (L) and William Pompus Jr., at the 2019 Time 100 Gala on April 23, 2019 in New York City.

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King recalled the night she discovered Bumpus cheating during a 2016 Vanity Fair interview.

When asked if there was a living person whom she despised the most, the TV presenter mentioned the woman with whom her husband had an affair.

“Contempt is a strong word,” she said. “I’m not a huge fan of the woman I snapped naked with my now ex-husband on June 24, 1990, at 9:16 p.m. — but I don’t remember the details.”

In 2010, Winfrey described her close relationship and friendship with King during an interview with Barbara Walters.

“She is…the mother I never had. She is…the sister everyone wants.” She is the friend everyone deserves. I don’t know a better person. I don’t know a better person.

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