Gayle King’s Bad Blood With Norah O’Donnell Forces Her Out As Host Of CBS This Morning

Norah O’Donnell has officially been axed from the CBS This Morning Show line up. O’Donnell has been a co-host of the CBS Morning show for since 2012. Oprah Winfrey’s BFF Gayle King, has been a co-host of the show since 2011. King recently gained mega ratings after her exclusive interviews with embattled rapper R. Kelly. She negotiated her new contract with CBS shortly after the Kelly special aired. According to a CBS source, there has been serious bad blood brewing between King and O’Donnell for the last 3 or so years.

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One of King’s bargaining points was the departure of Norah O’Donnell. The journalist will still be part of the CBS team, ‘just not a co-host of the morning show’, said a CBS source. The CBS insider said that O’Donnell did not get along with most of the staff and crew of the show. There have been personality issues ‘for several years now’ and it had nothing to do with King insists the source. The same source called O’Donnell ‘toxic’. O’Donnell has been gunning for CBS Nightly news anchor Jeff Glor’s job for quite some time. She has resorted to spreading rumors about Glor and ‘anyone else who she saw as a threat.’

O’Donnell who is still under contract to CBS was offered a ‘plum political anchor position.’ Glor has been blamed for dismal ratings at the Nightly News show. He has been demoted to a weekend anchor, and not necessarily ‘every weekend, but more like a special correspondent, during off prime time hours.’ The ‘CBS This Morning’ show has struggled with ratings since the much publicized departure of Charlie Rose in 2017, who left the network after multiple women accused him of unwanted sexual advances. Sources said that King’s new contract has her earning double of what she made last season to a whooping $11 million a season.

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