Only Tom Cruise -- who jumped up and down on Oprah's couch in an effort to prove his hetero love -- is dogged as much by the same persistent question. It somehow sticks to Oprah, too, the lingering query: Is she gay?
Opah's best pal Gayle King -- and the one most often suggested as her more-than-friend -- once again tried to put the rumors to rest by saying, hey, if we were a couple, we'd tell you!
The rumor was stoked once again, this time by Rosie O'Donnell, who made these comments on Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show late last month:
Rosie: "I don't know. I think [Oprah's] never been married and she's exceptionally close to Gayle. I don't know that she and Gayle are necessarily doing each other but I think they are the emotional equivalent of..."
Howard: "A gay couple."
Rosie: "When they did that road trip, that's as gay as it gets. And I don't mean it to be an insult either. I'm just saying, listen, if you ask me, that's the couple."
O'Donnell recently broke up with her partner of several years.
Monday night at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City, King answered the implication by denying the couplehood to "Access Hollywood."
"The thing [is], if we were gay, we would tell you," King said. "We would so tell you. We wouldn't try to keep that a secret because there's nothing wrong with being gay. So if we were, we would tell you. The truth of the matter is we're not. It's hard enough for me to get a date on a Saturday night as it is. This isn't a rumor I'm trying to continue to explore, but no there's nothing, there's nothing wrong with it."
King has said this before, back in 2006 declaring the same sentiment: "The truth is, if we were gay, we would tell you, because there's nothing wrong with being gay." Oprah herself at the time said, "I understand why people think we're gay. There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it - how can you be this close without it being sexual?"
King this week added that she actually isn't bothered by the speculation. "I love that question," she said. "That never bothers me because it's so silly."
Sources inside Oprah's camp, however, are plenty bothered by it. One source tells Sun-Times celebrity columnist Bill Zwecker that they are none too pleased with O'Donnell's comments. Oprah herself allegedly has "warned" Rosie to knock it off.
Oprah has been in a relationship with Stedman Graham for years, though there was speculation in August that the two were having difficulties and might split. But they must be fine because here he is discussing their life and love in a new interview.