Gayle King is threatening to leave CBS This Morning unless they cough up some more money. According to Page Six, 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.
“Gayle is holding the show together, she wants George money — he got between $15 and $18 million to stay on at ABC,” said a source.
King has one year left on her deal, and is currently bringing in $6 million a year. She was already ready to walk following the firing of Charlie Rose and Les Moonves and was furious over the departure of her EP Ryan Kadro in December.
Now her demands couldn’t have come at a better time. Since her sit-down Wednesday with embattled singer R. Kelly she has been a trending topic on twitter with folks praising her for a masterclass in interviewing, 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 sit-down.
This followed King’s BFF Oprah’s tweet: “Bravo @GayleKing for calm and steady focus during #RKelly interview. Outstanding job! Tell @CBSThisMorning we want to see the whole thing.”
The interview was Kelly’s first since he was arrested on 10 sexual abuse charges. Kelly has denied all of the accusations. He could face up to 70 years in prison if found guilty.
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