Jeez, what’s a girl have to do to get rid of a pesky rumor around here? If she’s media giant Oprah Winfrey, she has to shout to the world via a written statement: ”Yep, I’m straight!” How did all this ”Oprah is gay” buzz gain such momentum? Perhaps this gossip equation will clear things up.
On April 28, the columnist runs a blind item claiming a long-running TV ”icon and role model to millions” is ”seriously contemplating” coming out. Watercoolers around the country begin to bubble.
Winfrey appears on the highly ballyhooed Ellen coming-out episode as a therapist, proclaiming ”Good for you, you’re gay.” This seemingly innocuous piece of casting throws kerosene on the rumor blaze.
”I knew it was Oprah all along”-type gossip is rampant online. Writes a cyberchatter: ”For a while now, I’ve had an intuitive feeling Oprah could be gay.” (It’s loud with all those modems screeching.)
Winfrey’s 11-year relationship with the motivational speaker/businessman would seem to provide proof of her straightness. Then again, the couple reportedly has been engaged since 1992…
Attention is deflected from Winfrey when the May 27 Star reports that ”TV’s most loving husband” is in a long-term relationship with a man. Gossips wonder: Is this whom Liz Smith was talking about?
AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT
”I am not in the closet. I am not coming out of the closet. I am not gay.” Winfrey issues the denial June 4 after her offices are inundated with calls from the ”legitimate press” trying to confirm the rumors. Note to Liz Smith: Can we have another hint, please?