Gayle King Paid $16.5 Million
Cut the check! Gayle King’s new deal is impressive. Reportedly, CBS This Morning has given her a $16.5 million deal to remain a co-host on their show. Oprah Winfrey’s BFF will anchor with Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell. According to a report, she has agreed to a three-year deal, where she’s paid $5.5 million per year.
Gayle graduated from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a double degree in psychology and sociology. King then moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she was a reporter and weekend anchor at WDAF-TV. In 1981, she was hired as a news anchor for WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut, where she worked for 18 years. Part of that time, she lived in Glastonbury, CT. In 1991, King briefly cohosted an NBC daytime talk show with Robin Wagner called Cover to Cover which was cancelled after 13 weeks. In 1997 she was offered her own syndicated talk show, The Gayle King Show, which was cancelled after one season due to low ratings.
King joined O, The Oprah Magazine as an editor in 1999. She has also worked as a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America. In September 2006, King began to host The Gayle King Show on XM Satellite Radio. King began hosting a new show, also called The Gayle King Show, on OWN on January 3, 2011.
On November 10, 2011, King secured a deal with CBS to co-anchor CBS This Morning, beginning on January 9, 2012. As a result, The Gayle King Show ended on November 17, 2011.