Not that Gayle doesn't do a fine job on her own, hosting along with Norah O'Donnell and "Cholly" Rose. I like Gayle just fine, and I'm even willing to put up with her overadulation of the Oprah because, hey, whaddya gonna do? Everyone has an idol.
So who's this Wally Pipp, you ask? He's a man whose name became synonymous with wishing you hadn't taken a day off. He was the first baseman for the New York Yankees, which was once a successful baseball club. In 1925, Pipp showed up for a game against the Senators, suffering from a headache and a batting average of .181 over the previous three weeks. Manager Miller Huggins gave Pipp two aspirin and the day off, saying, "Wally, take the day off. We'll try that kid Gehrig at first today and get you back in there tomorrow."
"That kid Gehrig" - Lou Gehrig - played the next 2,130 games at first base for the Yankees, a record not broken until 1995 by "that Ripken kid" of the Orioles.
Wally Pipp went on to play with Cincinnati the next season, never dreaming that his name was going to become a verb.
Watch out, Gayle King, or Soledad might Wally Pipp you!