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Oprah's BFF Hits the Parties, Tries to Stay Warm

Gayle King, center with Arianna Huffington, left, and Hilary Rosen at Debra Lee's home Friday. (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post)

You know, just another Washington night, talking underwear with Oprah's best friend.

Gayle King got off a plane Friday night and beelined to the home of Debra Lee, where Magic Johnson, Judith Jamison and restaurateur B. Smith headlined a BET Honors VIP reception. It was King's first inaugural weekend stop -- she'll broadcast her own XM radio show and join Ms. Winfrey at the Kennedy Center Monday -- and the Maryland native was already totally jazzed.

"I am so excited to be here!" she told us. "I just don't want to miss a thing. The parties are great, but the only thing I really care about is the swearing-in."

Which is why King was seeking advice on ..... thermal underwear. Three hours in the cold! "I heard Under Armour is supposed to be good," she said. "What do you think?"

Score one for former Maryland Terps football player Kevin Plank, who created the popular athletic gear. A convinced King said she'd go to Montgomery Mall to check it out.

By The Reliable Source  |  January 18, 2009; 4:37 PM ET
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hmph -- the biggest "star" I've seen so far is Chris Matthews, not counting that concert at the Lincoln.

Posted by: DontWannaMyPostID | January 18, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Few tickets still available for and also includes FREE parking less than a block from the White House. Event takes place on the 20th from 7pm-1am. Great line-up.For tickets, please call 571-285-1632.

Posted by: sikh1 | January 18, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

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