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Gayle King Addresses Oprah Winfrey's Letter to Wendy Williams: Not Real

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The co-host of the upcoming "CBS This Morning" says there's no bad blood over her OWN departure -- and that the letter Williams read on her talk show did not come from Winfrey.

Something must have gone wrong in one mailroom or another last week.

After talk show host Wendy Williams read a letter she claimed was from Oprah Winfrey on-air, the subject of said correspondence, Gayle King, said it wasn't even real.

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"I know Oprah never wrote a letter to Wendy," King told radio host Tom Joyner on Friday's Black America Web.

The letter, as Williams said, came from Oprah's "people" to say she was happy from King's upcoming move from the Oprah Winfrey Network to CBS's revamped talk show CBS This Morning. She said she signed in "Love Oprah."

King said she knew her friend probably hadn't reached out to Williams, but she called her just to clarify. "I said, 'I'm getting all these messages that you wrote a letter to Wendy,'" King said. "She goes, 'Gayle, you know more than anybody knows that that's not true.'"

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Quite to the contrary or rumors that Oprah was upset by her friend and employee's new job, King says Oprah helped her decide.

"When this opportunity was presented to me -- and make no mistake, it is an opportunity -- the first people I talked to were Oprah, my son and my daughter," she said. "'[Oprah] said, 'Are you kidding? This is so what you do, the news is what you love... you would be crazy to pass it up."

How this affected her status at the fledgling OWN did not bother Oprah, as Gayle tells it.

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"I don't care about that," King recalled Oprah saying. "You should always do what's best for you, and , make no mistake about it, this is what's best for you."