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In what was a shocker to both the audience and apparently to her best friend Gayle King, Winfrey announced at O Magazine’s annual conference in Los Angeles last month that she had recently weathered a breast cancer scare.
She did not share much detail, aside from saying that it had only been a false alarm and that she is in good . Gayle King, who was onstage with Oprah at the moment, appeared to be surprised and upset at the announcement. One woman on stage noticing King’s surprise, chided Oprah for not telling her friend in private and asked her to apologize in front of the audience.
Oprah’s health scare is just one of many struggles the media mogul has dealt with over the past year. Her popular television ended after 25 years on the air and her new cable network, OWN, continues to strive for a foothold in ratings and audience.
In recent interviews and appearances, Oprah has criticized the press’s characterization of the network’s troubles. At the conference she claimed “the press tried to cut me off at the knees,” and appeared to “bristle at questions about the challenges the magazine has confronted.”