Oprah Winfrey has made her first public comments about author Kitty Kelly’s controversial new book about her life – or as Oprah put it, a “so-called biography.”

Speaking Monday at The New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards, where she presented an award to BFF Gayle King, Winfrey told the audience that last week “was a rough one” for Gayle when a “so-called biography came out.”

“Gayle got herself worked up with all my new daddies coming out,” said Winfrey of Kelly’s claims in the book that Vernon Winfrey is not her biological father.

While the audience responded with loud applause, Winfrey smiled and concluded, “This, too, shall pass,” according to

The book also suggests the daytime diva abused drugs and has lied about being sexually abused as a child.

Before presenting Gayle with the award, Winfrey thanked her longtime confidante for teaching her “what true love really is.” The talk show host described King as “her best friend who always wants the best for me” adding, “She’s never been jealous or envious of me a single moment of my life except when I was on stage singing with Tina Turner.”