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Posted Monday 1/14/19 at 8:28AM EST
Gayle King may stay with CBS News now that Susan Zirinsky is its new president
Source: Page Six
The CBS This Morning co-anchor reportedly shouted "I'll come with you!" at a Friday meeting in which Zirinsky implored the staff to “Come with me, and help make CBS the greatest it’s ever been.”
Posted Monday 1/07/19 at 1:57PM EST
CBS This Morning hosts cheer Susan Zirinsky's promotion to CBS News president, with Gayle King admitting the division has been struggling
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"When I heard the news last night, I was doing a happy dance ... on the Upper West Side," King said this morning. "Because I feel that we were sort of like a ship, not sinking, but taking on water. And, I feel that she is somebody who can right the ship, because she gets us, she knows us, and by 'us' I mean this organization."
Posted Tuesday 12/18/18 at 1:33PM EST
CBS This Morning's ratings have fallen by double digits since Charlie Rose's ouster
The last place network morning news show has fallen 16% compared to last fall before Rose's firing over sexual misconduct allegations. Over the past week, in wake of executive producer Ryan Kadro stepping down, there have been reports of CBS This Morning undergoing an overhaul next year. ALSO: Gayle King is rumored to be unhappy and ready to leave.
Posted Friday 12/14/18 at 1:29PM EST
Report: CBS is ready to "overhaul" CBS This Morning
Source: Page Six
Ryan Kadro officially announced his exit this morning. The CBS This Morning executive producer, who has helmed the show since April 2016, will depart effective Jan. 4, 2019. Amid Kadro stepping down, Page Six reports that CBS executives "are ready to nuke its struggling morning show and rebuild it from the ground up. A thriving CBS This Morning was thrown into disarray by Charlie Rose’s sudden exit — and we’re told that top brass have come to believe that the show overall is not going to recover." Page Six adds that in the aftermath of Rose's ouster, the "impressive momentum" developed by Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, joined later by John Dickerson, "quickly faltered." A source tells Page Six: “There are real discussions about just starting over — anchors, format, producers. Everything is on the table."
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
The View wished Julie Chen well after her exit from The Talk, while Wendy Williams questioned her tears
Source: E! Online
Daytime TV had a range of responses to Chen's exit from The Talk. "I think it would be hard to be on that show and if you couldn't share so I sorta understood," Hoda Kotb said on Today. "She'll be missed on that show," Gayle King, Chen's colleague, said on CBS This Morning. On The View, Whoopi Goldberg wished Chen well, while Abby Huntsman said: "What I would love for her to do is to use that as an opportunity to be transparent, to be real, to talk to people about what maybe she's been through." Kathie Lee Gifford expressed sympathy for Chen on the 10am. Today show. "It always bugs me when they say the humiliated so-and-so. I'm capable of humiliating myself…She's not humiliated," said Gifford. "She's heartbroken. There's a big difference. You know what I'm saying?" Meanwhile, Wendy Williams questioned Chen's teary goodbye: "It's nice to know she watches 'Hot Topics,' where I said she should quit because she is a distraction," Wendy said. "She ended up crying towards the end but in my mind, those weren't tears because of the crew. In my opinion, she wasn't crying because of the cast and the crew and the staff and stuff. She was crying because now she has to go back to that compound and deal with that man and try to keep her son out of it. And there is no compound to me that is big enough." ALSO: Chen taped tonight's Big Brother episode on Tuesday, the same day she announced her Talk departure.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
CBS This Morning anchors support CBS reporter Jericka Duncan after she received a threatening text from Jeff Fager
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"This is a very difficult story for us to cover and certainly for you," said Gayle King, as the CBS News morning show recapped Fager's firing as 60 Minutes executive producer. "Big trees are falling at CBS but I really do believe the company wants to and can get this right," King said. "I can only imagine what this has done to you, how this has affected you and I certainly applaud you, Jericka, for speaking up."
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Les Moonves' ouster from CBS took many by surprise because he seemed "too big to jail"
"The simple fact is that it is deeply ingrained in us to think some men get to mistreat women. Some men are too big to jail," says Lili Loofbourow, pointing out that Moonves didn't get the boot until after another set of accusers came forward Sunday with even more disturbing stories. "We should accept no calculus that says six accusations aren’t enough but 12 are," she says. "The pragmatic politics here are as straightforward as they are irrational and nasty: The P.R. mills that grind people into capital determined that Moonves could weather one scandal enough to eat dinner in public and fight for his standing, but not two." Loofbourow adds: "Men like Moonves do all they can to encourage this assessment of their value, of course. They present themselves as essential to the success of the enterprise, knit their fate to the company’s. Moonves is more than diplomatic in interviews, but he makes clear that Warner Bros. was No. 1 when he left it, that CBS is now the No. 1 network under him, and that his biggest question when he arrived at CBS was whether he would be able to fix its problems: 'Am I ever going to get this right? How am I going to be able to figure out how to rebuild this place?' Men like this characterize accusations as conspiracies to bring them down because of their prominence ...The boards they install and executives they hire only serve to bolster the illusion that without these big men, the system will not hold. Those in more junior ranks who know of or encounter allegations are faced with the entire scaffolding of the institution arrayed against them. (Here’s what’s weird, though: This particular strain of corporate self-centering actually reveals the men in question to be abysmal stewards of their companies. Anyone whose organization is solely reliant on him has failed; the very claim that they’re irreplaceable speaks to fragility, not robustness.)"
- CBS does have the right to reveal findings of its Les Moonves investigation, despite a "Confidentiality" section in his exit agreement
- The Talk co-hosts support Gayle King's call for transparency in Moonves investigation
- Time's Up calls on CBS to donate $120 million from Moonves' severance
- CBS interim CEO Joe Ianniello was Moonves' right-hand man for a decade, which means he's unlikely to keep the job permanently
- 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager is still in his job as an investigation probes the culture of CBS News
- Howard Stern unveils a "Les Moonves puppet" to mock his former foe
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Gayle King calls for CBS to release the results of its Les Moonves investigation
Speaking on CBS This Morning, King echoed women's rights advocates who were stunned by reports that CBS might keep details of its probe of the former CBS CEO confidential. “I’m sick and sick of the story and sickened the by everything that we keep hearing,” King said. Regarding the plan to keep the report private, she said: “How can we have this investigation and not know how it comes out? Les Moonves has been on the record, he says, listen, he didn’t do these things, that it was consensual, that he hasn’t hurt anybody’s career. I would think it would be in his best interests for us to hear what the report finds out.”
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Ruth Wilson says "I'm not allowed to talk about why" I left The Affair
Wilson's comment on CBS This Morning caught interviewer Gayle King off-guard. King then brought up her revelation earlier this year that she was certain she was paid less than co-star Dominic West. But Wilson said she “never complained to Showtime about pay parity.”
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Oprah to serve as godmother to a new cruise ship
Source: Page Six
In a video released with Gayle King, Oprah Winfrey announced she will be hosting a "Girls' Getaway" in January.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6:33PM EDT
Gayle King thinks the #MeToo movement needs due process
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times Magazine asked the CBS This Morning anchor, who is still friends with Charlie Rose following his firing, whether there's a potential for a #MeToo backlash. "I do worry about that, because I think when a woman makes an accusation, the man instantly gets the death penalty," she says. "There has to be some sort of due process here. All of these inappropriate behaviors are not all the same."
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
Smithsonian's "Watching Oprah" exhibit looks like a (deserving) reward for her $21 million donation
Source: The Washington Post
The exhibit honoring Oprah Winfrey at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on Friday. And according to Sebastian Smee, the exhibit is "a testament — to Oprah, obviously, and her extraordinary story. But also to the rest of us, black and white, American and otherwise. It’s a testament to our culture’s transformation, to who we have become. Is it strange, perhaps even a little concerning, that a woman who is the biggest single donor to this museum should be treated to an exhibition exclusively about her, and so soon after its opening? You bet it is. It’s not a good look. Yet in the end, it’s hard to argue that Winfrey is undeserving of such an exhibition. She had the highest-rated talk show of all time. It aired all over the world for 25 years. No African American woman — you could persuasively argue no man or woman of any race — has had a bigger effect on the culture at large over the past 30 years."
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 10:55AM EDT
Charlie Rose's alleged sexual misconduct was widespread at CBS News; 27 new women come forward
Source: The Washington Post
The Washington Post, which reported first reported on Rose's sexual harassment allegations at PBS last November, has learned that the former CBS This Morning co-anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent also allegedly sexually harassed many female staffers at CBS News. CBS News managers received complaints about Rose's behavior as early as 1986 and as late as April 2017. The Post spoke to 14 CBS News employees who accuse Rose of sexual harassment and 13 women who worked with him elsewhere. The new allegations date back to 1976, when a former research assistant at NBC News' Washington bureau says Rose exposed his penis to her and touched her breasts. Meanwhile, at CBS News, "some women who said they were harassed said they feared reporting the violations to executives, whom they viewed as prioritizing the careers of male stars," report Amy Brittain and Irin Carmon, who broke the first Charlie Rose story. In all, three CBS managers were warned over a 30-year period of Rose's behavior. When asked to respond to the new allegations, Rose sent a one-sentence email: “Your story is unfair and inaccurate.” CBS News issued a statement in response to The Post's article: “Since we terminated Charlie Rose, we’ve worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work. Some of the actions we have taken have been reported publicly, some have not. We offer employees discretion and fairness, and we take swift action when we learn of unacceptable behavior. That said, we cannot corroborate or confirm many of the situations described. We continue to look for ways to improve our workplace and this period of reflection and action has been important to all of us. We are not done with this process.” ALSO: Gayle King responds on CBS This Morning: "I have a very bad case of deja vu, I have to say. I feel sick to my stomach. I don't know what to say about this."
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
Gayle King warns of a #MeToo backlash: "There has to be a due process for all involved"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The CBS This Morning anchor and former Charlie Rose colleague spoke about the movement at the Milken Institute conference in Beverly Hills. “I worry sometimes that women make an accusation and men instantly get the death penalty,” King said on Monday. “I think we have to be very careful; that there has to be a due process for all involved — so I do worry of a backlash to the #MeToo movement.”
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 12:23PM EDT
CBS News boss talks 60 Minutes' Stormy Daniels interview, recalls asking Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell to announce Charlie Rose firing without a script
“The only reason it hasn’t run is that there’s still a lot of journalistic work to do,” CBS News president David Rhodes, speaking at the INTV conference in Jerusalem, said of the buzzworthy interview Anderson Cooper conducted last week with President Trump's alleged mistress, adding that there is still no airdate set. As for President Trump's lawyers stopping the interview from airing, Rhodes said, “I haven’t seen such an injunction, and I can’t imagine what the basis for that would be. Rhodes' interview also touched on Charlie Rose's firing last November for sexual harassment. “It was most important to me, as management, that they not feel managed in what they said,” Rhodes said of having King and O'Donnell respond openly on air and without a script. “So we didn’t prepare statements for them… we asked them to address it in their own words however they felt they should.”