Amid turmoil at CBS in the wake of the contentious departures of “CBS This Morning” host Charlie Rose, “60 Minutes” producer Jeff Fager and company boss Leslie Moonves, word surfaced today that Gayle King may be ready to leave the network.
The news follows word that CBS is looking to rebuild “CBS This Morning,” on which King is a co-host, “from the ground up.” The New York Post’s Page Six reports that the “last straw” for King, who has been in the spotlight as a face of the scandal-bitten network, may be the exit of “CBS This Morning” executive producer Ryan Kadro.
As we reported last week, Kadro was said to be negotiating his exit from the network in a move the company indicated was unrelated to the Rose situation.
The Post reports that King is “furious about the upheaval at CBS — and could be prepared to walk.”
The report quotes an insider saying: “She very much has had to hold everything together on the show. But she’s particularly upset that Ryan is leaving — and that he was mistakenly linked with the CBS payoffs. … It remains to be seen what she’ll do, and what her future is at CBS.”
Reps for King and CBS weren’t talking.
“Meanwhile, we’re told that insiders are hopeful that the network’s top female staffers will benefit when the long-awaited report into the alleged misconduct of Rose, Moonves and ’60 Minutes’ producer Jeff Fager is finally released,” The Post adds. “We’re told that senior staff including Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews — CBS News’ executive vice president and de facto No. 2 to under-fire president David Rhodes — as well as vice president of news Kim Godwin and senior broadcast producer at ‘CBS Evening News’ Brinda Adhikari are all names to watch in the near future.”