They've publicly and persuasively denied they are more-than-friends -- yet once the gossip spreads, it's tough to quash it and to separate truth from fiction. People will believe what they want to believe.
So what's the best way to deal with persistent rumors? Laugh them off. Which is exactly what Oprah and her BFF did while camping at Yosemite for an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Retiring to their trailer for the night, King joked: "Let's just add to that lesbian rumor. Come on in, baby!" (See the clip here.)
Are you taking notes, Ryan Seacrest?
Oprah & Gayle King Joke About Lesbian Rumors [Access Hollywood]
Oprah and Gayle:The Lesbian Video! [E! Online]