Not sure how credible this is—it's an unauthorized biography after all—but the prospect of a Winfrey/Tesh romance tickled the Buzz
Long before she was a billionaire media mogul romantically linked to Stedman Graham, young Oprah Winfrey reportedly had a different boyfriend: John Tesh.
In a new, unauthorized Winfrey tell-all, celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley claims that Winfrey and the one-time Entertainment Tonight co-host were lovers who shared an apartment in Nashville, Tenn. in the mid-1970s.
According to New York's Daily News, an excerpt from the book reveals that Tesh, now 57, abandoned Winfrey, now 56, because of the intense "social pressure" of their interracial romance.
"[He] couldn't take it anymore…He walked out in the middle of the night…he told me he later felt very guilty about it," a Tesh source told Kelley in the book.
The pair both had broadcast-TV jobs in Nashville at the time. Tesh, now a New Age musician and syndicated radio host, appeared on the 10th anniversary of Winfrey's show, when Winfrey claimed that they had simply shared a "platonic dinner date."