CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King went “off script” on Monday morning to publicly repudiate a thinly-sourced report from the NY Post that claimed she “pushed out” her longtime co-anchor Norah O’Donnell.
O’Donnell, CBS confirmed on Monday, is moving on from the morning show to serve as the managing editor and anchor of the network’s flagship news program, CBS Evening News. But CBS News president Susan Zirinsky has fiercely denied that King was the reason for the shakeup, describing the allegation as “offensive and 100 percent false.” Women in the World founder and CEO Tina Brown has also derided the report from the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper, characterizing the supposed “feud” as “the usual cat fight trope foisted on powerful women.”
— Tina Brown (@TinaBrownLM) May 3, 2019
“I have no beef with you, you have no beef with me,” said King, addressing her fellow CBS This Morning host on air. “Tina Brown summed it up very nicely. She said this never happens to men, this kind of cut-throat business.”
“I know you have Oprah, but I want to thank you for being my work BFF,” replied O’Donnell, adding that King had helped her become “better in everything that [she’s] done” in her career.
In a statement, Zirinsky hailed both journalists as among the world’s best.
“[Norah’s] outstanding reporting, incisive interviews and dedication to the truth will distinguish the CBS Evening News every night,” she said. “Gayle’s game-changing interviews, compassionate storytelling and authenticity make her one of a kind. Her unrivaled ability to connect with audiences makes CBS This Morning relevant, relatable and the place you must start your day.”
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