Kitty Kelley’s unauthorized Oprah biography: John Tesh confirms his brief romance with Oprah Winfrey

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

John Tesh

Kitty Kelley is the author of the controversial and new unauthorized Oprah biography simply titled Oprah: A Biography. Kelley first met the media mogul during a book promotion tour in 1981 for Jackie Oh!, a biography on the life story of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Little did Kelley realize that she would write a biography on Oprah, which would take four years to write.

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The Oprah biography, which has received much criticism and rejection from publishers and media industry personalities alike, claims to reveal the talk show queen's innermost personal secrets, both dark and complicated including detailed revelations about Oprah being molested as a child, and her mysterious relationship with Stedman Graham, Winfrey's longtime companion.

According to excerpts from Kitty Kelley 's book "Oprah: A Biography," which were published in the New York Daily News, Tesh, 57, and Winfrey lived together in Nashville in 1974 while he was a news anchor at the city's NBC affiliate and Winfrey was the city's first female anchor at the CBS affiliate. But the romance fell apart when Tesh succumbed to the pressure of being in an interracial relationship. Kelley quotes an "ex-girlfriend of Tesh's" saying he told her one night he looked down and saw his white body next to Winfrey's black body and "couldn't take it anymore." The source, one of 850 people Kelley and her staff interviewed for the book, said Tesh later said he felt "very guilty" about it. The pair's romance, written about in Kitty Kelley's new book on Winfrey, was confirmed by Tesh on Monday
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Associated Press reported that Singer John Tesh, former "Entertainment Tonight" anchor, not only has confirmed that he and talk-show goddess Oprah Winfrey, 56, were a romantic item decades ago but also that the relationship was pretty deep.

John Tesh is now a born again Christian and married to Connie Sellecca.

Oprah Winfrey has been contacted for her response, but she hasn't commented on the issue.


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