Thursday, March 7, 2019

Report: Gayle King Wants "George" Money From CBS-TV

Gayle King is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar renegotiation with CBS News to stay on “CBS This Morning” — and wants “George Stephanopoulos money” to stay, Page Six has reported.

King has one year left on her deal, and a source said: “Gayle is holding the show together, she wants George money — he got between $15 and $18 million to stay on at ABC.”

According to The NYPost, King — who is on $6 million a year — was ready to walk amid all the chaos following the firing of Charlie Rose and Les Moonves.

She was furious over the departure of her EP Ryan Kadro in December after his exit was mistakenly linked with CBS’s payoffs.

Norah O’Donnell’s future on “This Morning” is in doubt as she may oust Jeff Glor from the nightly news spot and take the show to DC.

It’s also believe that new CBS News President Susan Zirinsky is keen to spend more money to keep great talent at the network.

Her negotiations come as the popular host was widely praised Wednesday for a masterclass in interviewing with embattled singer R.Kelly, staying cool under pressure as he leaped up in front of the cameras to defend himself from sex abuse claims.

CBS News is now devoting a Friday night special to King. “The Gayle King Interview with R. Kelly,” will feature the journalist’s interviews with both Kelly and Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, two women who live with him, as well as unaired footage from the 80-minute sitdown.

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