Sunday 12 September 2010
I was working out in the Beverly Wilshire gym when I saw Radha Arora, the flamboyant general manager. "Who's your first guest?" he asked. "I'm trying for President Obama, but it's highly unlikely until he's seen what it's like."
"What about Oprah?" he said.
"She'd be incredible, but I don't know her, or her people."
"Oprah's best friend, Gayle King, is in town. Why don't you ask her?"
I sent an email: "Dear Gayle, As you may know, I'm replacing Larry King on CNN. What you may not know is that I am a stupendous fan of Oprah. And I'm desperate to interview her for my launch week. I know she's the busiest woman on the planet,