Viewers were as impressed by King’s stunning composure as they were shocked by Kelly’s uninhibited display of emotions:

After the segment aired, a student at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, in South Africa, whose ambition is to become a journalist, texted Winfrey, referencing “Auntie Gayle” and “broadcast goals.” (Winfrey didn’t specify whether the girl attached the customary hashtag.)

Winfrey corrected the student. To be calm in the face of Kelly’s rage was, she said, “bigger than broadcast goals.” This wasn’t about a job skill, in other words, but a life skill.

“The fact that she was able to sit there and be still with all of that hysteria means that she can be still in any storm,” Winfrey told the student. “That’s not just about being a good journalist.”

Winfrey also spoke in Salt Lake City about her own ability to maintain a steadiness, calling stillness her “greatest partner.” Rather than be caught in her own thoughts, she spends time with her other self, the one that’s aware of her thoughts. She has learned how to observe and filter them, she explained. Stillness, she said, is where “true creativity lives.”

King, it seems, has a similar ability to access what Winfrey sees as “the power of a still place.”

“I’m so happy for her to have this moment,” Winfrey said, “because she has been in television for as long as I’ve been in television, and now people are seeing how great and strong and beautiful she is. I’m really excited for her.”

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