Oprah Winfrey opened up about her breast cancer scare, a surprise both to the audience at O Magazine‘s annual conference and to her best friend Gayle King, who learned about it for the first time.
As The New York Times reported, Oprah used the very public forum to reveal that she once had a breast cancer scare. Oprah didn’t give details of the breast cancer scare other than to say it was a false alarm and that she’s in good health now.
Though the news was good, it was still a shock to Gayle King, Yahoo! News noted. Sitting onstage with Oprah, Gayle was visibly surprised and upset at hearing the news, leading to a somewhat awkward moment. Another woman on stage noticed King’s reaction and chided Oprah for not telling her friend in private first, then asked that Oprah apologize to the audience.
Oprah’s breast cancer scare wasn’t the only bad news to come from the O Magazine meeting. After leaving her talk show last year, Oprah has been putting all her energy into her cable network, OWN.
Things are looking up for the network, The Huffington Post noted, but O Magazine has seen a decline in circulation and ad sales in the past year, though it still remains one the the top-selling magazines in the country.
Speaking to the New York Times, Oprah said she might stop printing the magazine altogether if O starts losing money.
“I’m not interested, you know, in bleeding money,” Oprah said.
The magazine’s meeting was the first time Oprah discussed her cancer scare.