“CBS This Morning” host Gayle King appears to be upping the ante in salary negotiations with CBS, with The New York Post’s Page Six reporting that King wants “George Stephanopoulos money” to remain at the network.
The publication reports that King, who has one year left on her current deal, earns $6 million a year. The report quotes a source saying: “Gayle is holding the show together; she wants George money — he got between $15 and $18 million to stay on at ABC.”
The report adds that King “was ready to walk amid all the chaos following the firing of Charlie Rose and Les Moonves. She was furious over the departure of her EP Ryan Kadro in December after his exit was mistakenly linked with CBS’s payoffs.”
The report notes that Norah O’Donnell, King’s co-host, may be moving on amid speculation she’s being groomed to take over the evening news anchor’s chair from Jeff Glor.
“It’s also believed that new CBS News President Susan Zirinsky is keen to spend more money to keep great talent at the network,” The Post adds.
The report also says of King: “Her negotiations come as the popular host was widely praised Wednesday for a masterclass in interviewing with embattled singer R. Kelly, staying cool under pressure as he leaped up in front of the cameras to defend himself from sex abuse claims.”
As we reported separately, CBS News is giving King an hour of prime time this Friday for the special “The Gayle King Interview with R. Kelly.”
Here’s a clip in which King discusses her explosive interview with R. Kelly …