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Sometimes airing dirty laundry is the only way to come clean -- a lesson CBS co-anchor and preternatural Oprah Winfrey's uber-bestie Gayle King may have taught her ex-husband this week.

Among the declarations Gayle made in her new Q&A with Variety was a gracefully honest answer to the question, "Who do you most despise?"

"'Despise is a strong word," said Gayle, who also serves as editor-at-large for Oprah's O the Magazine. Then she dropped this infidelity bomb: "I'm not a huge fan of the woman who I caught naked with my now ex-husband on June 24, 1990, at 9:16 p.m. -- but I don't remember the details."

Gayle's ex is Connecticut Assistant Attorney General William Bumpus, and he not only remembers the details, he's apparently willing to deal them publicly.

When Page Six checked in with William in the wake of Gayle's admission, he issued a statement about what happened back in 1990 that included a number of glowing remarks about his ex in addition to the mea culpa.

"I have been haunted with this life altering choice. Though I have dealt with this privately ... I publicly apologize for the major transgression that dramatically changed all of our lives." said William, who was married to Gayle from 1982 until 1993.

"I have nothing but the utmost respect for Gayle and how she handled herself with grace," he continued.

"Despite the situation, she kept our children, as well as my relationship and involvement with them, as a clear priority. Gayle was a great wife, an excellent mother and a fantastic co-parent. I am eternally grateful for all that she has done and continues to do to enrich my life and the lives of our incredible adult children. I continue to be a work in progress and have spent the last 26 years striving to be a better man and father. I applaud Gayle's continued phenomenal success and friendship."

On a happier note, Vanity Fair also asked which living person she most admires.

Her answer was hardly a surprise.

"Oprah Winfrey," Gayle said. "She always does the right thing -- even when no one is looking."