Oprah Winfrey Knows that when it comes to friendship, quality is better than quantity.
In a recent episode of Hoda Kotb’s podcast make space, the 67-year-old talk show legend opened up about his close friendship with one of his longtime friends Maria Shriver, 65, admitting that she surrounds herself with a small circle of people.
“So, I don’t have a lot of friends. Everyone knows Gail. [King]. There’s Gail, There’s Maria, There’s Bob [Greene]. And that’s it, that’s about it, you know? Gail and Maria I met around the same time and I never really expanded that circle. Until recently, I’ve been friends with a few people in my later adult life, over the past five years,” she explained.
Winfrey recalled meeting Shriver 42 years ago in a bathroom at the Baltimore news station they worked in and starting the conversation, which she described as a “divine moment because it was one of my true, down-to-earth friendships.” Took me the rest of my life. Livelihood.”
She also took note of the things she admires about the famous journalist.
“I cherish everything about him. I cherish his frankness, I cherish his directness. I cherish his honesty. I cherish his truth. I cherish his spirit of truth-seeking. I cherish his truth.” I cherish his courage,” she continued. “Oh my god, Maria will tell you the truth, no matter what. Maria puts it in your face and then says, ‘And you know what I’m talking about! You already know who I am I’m saying it’s true.'”
Something else that Winfrey remembered was the internal turmoil that led her to the decision to end her popular talk show in order to start her own television network, OWN. The network struggled at first and was the subject of intense scrutiny, leading to Shriver telling her about her pain and crying at her desk. To help her friend feel better, Shriver was able to surprise Winfrey with a live performance by one of her favorite singers, Snatam Kaur.
“It was healing,” Winfrey said. “This is what you want your friends to be there for. Number one, you want your friends to stand in the gap for you and say, ‘The definition you use to define yourself is not you. Huh.'”