Gayle King ‘is in $12million contract talks with CBS’- more than double her current salary – as the network battles falling ratings and fights to keep top talent
- GaykeKing’s $5.5million contract came to an end this month with CBS
- She is currently in talks to re-sign and network bosses are doing everything they can to keep her
- They are revolving the entire roster of talent around what she does, according to sources
- Norah O’Donnell, King’s co-host, was being primed for CBS Evening News but will not be able to sign until King makes her contract final
- CBS has struggled to recover its viewership after the departure of Charlie Rose in 2017
- The network recently welcomed new president Susan Zirinsky and King is reportedly eager to ensure she takes it in the right direction
- Despite the anchor’s widely praised R. Kelly interview, its ratings have not improved
Gayle King is reportedly primed to sign a new, $12million deal with CBS
Gayle King is in talks to re-sign with CBS for a reported new salary of $12million – more than double what she is currently making.
The anchor is said to be being courted by network bosses over the new deal.
According to sources cited by Page Six, she is eager to ensure that CBS This Morning, the show which she is an anchor of, remains competitive under the leadership of new network president Susan Zirinsky.
King was universally praised for her exclusive interview with embattled singer R. Kelly earlier this month which was the show’s largest coup for months.
Despite the widespread press it received, the interview did not boost ratings.
It is unclear if King is fielding any other offers but the network is reportedly revolving the rest of its agenda around her.
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times cited two sources who said she was pushing for a higher salary which would put her in the same ball park as ABC and NBC’s morning hosts.
Norah O’Donnell, King’s co-host on This Morning who is being primed to replace Jeff Glor on CBS Evening News, cannot finalize her deal until King signs, according to show insiders.
King was universally praised for her exclusive interview with R. Kelly earlier this month which was the network’s biggest coup for months
According to production sources, King’s decision will dictate where the rest of the talent goes. Her This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell was being primed for a spot on CBS Evening News but has not signed that deal and will not until King makes her This Morning contract final. The pair are shown with Charlie Rose, the former CBS This Morning host who left the network in 2017 amid sexual misconduct allegations
CBS did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
One of King’s sticking points, it is reported, is Susan Zirinsky, the new network president who took the reins in March, just as the veteran anchor’s contract was coming to an end.
CBS has struggled to regain viewers after the departure of Charlie Rose, who founded the show with King in 2012, amid a string of sexual misconduct allegations.
King earns less than her counterparts at NBC and ABC.
Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie, who anchor the Today show, both earn a reported $7million – a fraction of their disgraced predecessor Matt Lauer who was said to be pulling in between $20million and $25million a year.
Robin Roberts, the face of Good Morning America, earns a reported $18million.
The show leads in the ratings.
NBC bet big on Megyn Kelly to lure her from Fox in 2017, giving her a three year $69million contract.
She left the network in October after making controversial remarks about blackface.