By Jeff Labrecque
Updated December 08, 2010 at 06:55 PM EST

The easy headline is, “Oprah Denies Being Gay,” but that’s not what was so mesmerizing about Barbara Walters’ video tease of tomorrow night’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. It was Winfrey’s sincere, heartfelt description of her relationship with close friend Gayle King. “She is … the mother I never had. She is … the sister everybody would want,” said Winfrey. “She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. I don’t know a better person.”

Yes, Winfrey goes on to dismiss the old rumor that she and King are lovers, but I’m still swooning over her eloquent PDA. Tears, verklempt pauses, the whole heart-to-heart caboodle. Jeez, Oprah even gives away compliments better than anyone else!

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