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Howard Stern to Steal Oprah's BFF

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Last night, a pants-less Howard Stern appeared on Late Show with David Letterman to promote Sirius Satellite Radio and reveal his latest scheme to épater le bourgeois: Stealing Oprah Winfrey's best friend, Gayle King.

Stern told Letterman he and girlfriend Beth Ostrosky recently got the cold shoulder at a holiday party at Bryant Gumbel's New York apartment from many of his on-air targets who were also in attendance—the likes of Al Roker (whom Stern insists has stomach staples), Spike Lee, Kelly Ripa, and Gayle King.

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It was King, though, who broke the ice and chatted him up. "Lovely woman," Stern gushed. "I'm starting to realize why Oprah loves this Gayle King. This woman is so engaging ... I can't believe it. I go, What if I was to steal Oprah's best friend?"

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