Editor’s Note: Here’s how the London Daily Mail reported on part 2 of “The Oprah Winfrey Show’s” episode on Winfrey’s recent camping trip in a folding camping trailer to Yosemite National Park.
Despite her frequent denials that she is in a lesbian relationship with best friend Gayle King, Oprah Winfrey certainly seems to enjoy fanning the flames of gossip.
The second part of their outdoors adventure, which they hope will encourage more African American families to go camping, was aired on Wednesday’s show.
And aside from making jokes about the two of them being lesbians, viewers got to see the chat show queen makeup-free first thing in the morning, fly fishing and mule riding.
Donning a plaid shirt, the chat show queen looked perfectly comfortable as she rode a mule in Yosemite National Park.
In one scene, the two women turned in after enjoying an evening toasting marshmallows with their camp neighbours.
‘Do you want to go in first?’ asked Oprah, nodding to their modest quarters. ‘Let’s just add to that lesbian rumor, come on in baby!’ replied King, 55, who edits Oprah’s ‘O’ magazine.
Spreading out her arms, the American TV billionaire giggled: “Lesbian rumors!”
As music from 1970s family show “The Waltons” began to play, Gayle yelled out: “Night John-Boy, night Mary Ellen!”
The two wealthy businesswomen rolled up their sleeves and went back to basics during the two-day excursion.
In a startling departure from her usual glamorous, pampered life, 56-year-old Winfrey was filmed by her camera crew moments after waking up completely make-up free.
“Thank God for makeup!” she said. “The truth comes out when you’re camping, you can’t hide who you are in the wilderness.”
Oprah was also seen cooking eggs for breakfast wearing her owl-patterned PJs, and also wading into a river in rubber dungarees for a spot of fly-fishing.
“I’ve had a dream of fly-fishing since I saw Brad Pitt do it in “A River Runs Through It,”‘ exclaimed Oprah, although her friend was somewhat less enthusiastic.
Oprah was also seen preparing a meal at a picnic table as Gayle, covered by a blanket, relaxed in a deck chair.
Oprah brought along lavish ingredients such as sea bass and truffle oil, with rosemary potatoes.
“I guarantee nobody in the history of Yosemite has ever heard anyone say, ‘Where’s the sea bass?’ or ‘don’t forget the truffle sauce,”‘ mocked King.
“I would have been happy with a cheeseburger on an onion bun.”
After the painstaking meal preparation, Oprah was forced to admit she’d got it wrong.
“What I learned from this is to keep it simple,” she said. “Grilling sea bass and rosemary potatoes, it’s too much.”
Oprah Winfrey will air on Friday (Oct. 29) on her TV show the first of a two-part episode on her RV camping trip to Yosemite National Park.
Part 2 will air on Monday, Nov. 1.
Winfrey visited the park and camped in a Coleman brand folding camping trailer manufactured by FTCA Inc., Somerset, Pa.
Winfrey and Gayle King, Winfrey’s best friend since their early 20s and currently an editor of O, the Oprah Magazine, are shown at left beneath a giant tree located in the park.
Click here to see photos, courtesy of TMZ.com, from a photo shoot at the campground.