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Oprah, John Tesh Had Love Affair: New Biography

Apr. 11 2010, Published 7:26 a.m. ET

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She might not give her phone number to her mother, but she gave it to John Tesh!

According to the New York Daily News, which obtained an excerpt from Kitty Kelley's soon-to-be-released tell-all, Winfrey and Tesh, the ex-Entertainment Tonight host, had a romantic rendezvous while living in Tennessee in the 1970s.

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But Tesh abandoned Winfrey in the middle of the night after caving to "social pressures" on interracial couples, which injected tension into their relationship, Kelley has claimed.

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"He said one night he looked down and saw his white body next to her black body and couldn't take it anymore," a Tesh ex reportedly told Kelley.

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"He walked out in the middle of the night... He told me he later felt very guilty about it."

The highly anticipated biography, which is due out on Tuesday, also includes the claim that Oprah’s mother, Vernita, has to call the mogul’s personal assistant and leave a message before speaking with her daughter.

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Winfrey spokeswoman Angela DePaul told the Daily News the television talk show maven was not commenting on Kelley’s book.



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