No New Friends: Oprah Winfrey Says She Keeps Her Circle Extremely Small

by Shine My Crown Staff
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Oprah Winfrey may be one of the richest women in the country, and her endeavors are always star-studded.

However, the media maven says she likes to keep her circle tight.

During her interview on the “Making Space with Hoda Kotb” podcast, she shared that her three closest friends are broadcaster Gayle King, journalist and campaigner Maria Shriver and personal trainer Bob Greene.

“So, I don’t have a lot of friends. Everybody knows Gayle (King). There’s Gayle, there’s Maria, there’s Bob (Greene). And that’s— that’s about it, you know?”

Shriver was also a guest on the podcast. She too weighed in on her friendship with Winfrey.

“It was so moving to me because I didn’t — that’s not how I grew up, you know? Nobody brought a cup of coffee, or a cup of water to me,” Shriver said. “In a funny way, even though I had a very close relationship with my mother, I wasn’t nurtured, mothered in that way, right? And (Oprah) wasn’t mothered in her own way. But I think, in a way, we have mothered each other.”

Shriver later added, “I grew up in a big family, in a big life. But when I close my eyes, it’s the little moments. It’s you having dinner with me. It’s her bringing the coffee. It’s having a laugh. I think we’re all pushed to have these big, big moments. But I think it’s the little moments that people aren’t pushed to have, that really are the transforming moments.”

Winfrey also opened up about the backlash she faced when she launched the Oprah Winfrey Network.

“Every newspaper, everybody was saying, ‘You shoulda kept your day job. The struggling OWN. What’d you leave The Oprah Show for? It’s a disaster.’ Just one story, after another story, after another story,” she said. “I remember laying my head down on the table, Maria, and just sobbing.”

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