A new report cites “bad blood” between two of the regulars on “CBS This Morning” as the reason Norah O’Donnell is “officially out” as a co-host of the morning show.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that O’Donnell’s exit was “demanded” by Gayle King.
Meanwhile, Variety reports that CBS has settled on a “CBS This Morning” lineup consisting of King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil. Variety cites two unnamed sources who are familiar with the situation.
Variety also notes that current co-anchor John Dickerson “is widely expected to take up a role with ’60 Minutes.'”
The Post reports: “Sources close to CBS say that the new anchor lineup for ‘CBS This Morning’ has been set and it doesn’t include O’Donnell because King — riding high off her big interview R. Kelly — has demanded she be sent elsewhere.”
The Post report cites a CBS insider saying O’Donnell has been hard to work with and has helped fuel rumors that Jeff Glor is headed out as “CBS Evening News” anchor. “Norah is toxic,” the insider is quoted saying, adding that O’Donnell is maneuvering for his job.
The Post adds: “The blood is so bad between the morning news co-hosts that King demanded O’Donnell be moved off the show as part of her recent contract negotiations, which kicked off after her now-infamous Kelly interview, sources said.”
O’Donnell will reportedly continue to appear on “60 Minutes,” and The Post cites an insider saying she has been offered a “monster anchor” job that includes a chief political anchor position with the network, along with the “CBS Evening News” anchor job.
“Glor, who has struggled to improve on the show’s third-place ranking, will likely be offered a correspondent or weekend anchor role, an insider close to the situation said,” The Post adds.
The report notes that CBS News President Susan Zirinsky denied King had anything to do with O’Donnell’s exit from “CBS This Morning.” Zirinsky is quoted telling The Post: “This headline is offensive and 100 percent false.”