Barbara Walters has an uncanny ability to make people sob, even when simply asking them what kind of tree they’d be.
In fact, it must be in Barbara’s contract that her interview subjects don’t leave the studio until they shed some showy, large-scale tears — and they invariably oblige, just to get out of there.
So when Oprah Winfrey was interviewed by Walters for an imminent special, she got all weepy on her favorite subject — Gayle King.
“She is the mother I never had,” said Oprah, welling up. “She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves.
“I don’t know a better person. I don’t know a better person.”
By this point, tears were running down Oprah’s face even harder than when she didn’t win the Oscar for The Color Purple.
“Shoot,” she interjected. “I wasn’t going to cry.”
As the departing daytime queen then explained: “It’s making me cry because I’m thinking about how much I probably never told her that. Tissue, please! I’ve never told her that.”
Tissue? I just met you! But why am I always not that moved when someone who practically lives on camera cries on camera?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 8, 2010