Obama Donor Gayle King Receives $16.5 Million Extension to Stay at CBS

CBS host Gayle King / AP
• December 8, 2016 12:57 pm


Barack Obama donor Gayle King has reached a multimillion-dollar deal with CBS to remain the co-host of its morning news show.

King, who hosts CBS This Morning alongside Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell, will make $16.5 million over the next three years to stay on the show, Page Six reported Wednesday night.

CBS This Morning is the only morning news broadcast to show a growth in viewers, up from last year to 3.77 million viewers total, while ABC declined and NBC remained flat, according to recent Nielsen figures.

Plus, a source told us, "Gayle is a huge asset to the show, and her chemistry with Charlie is great. She's here for the long term."

CBS News would not discuss the terms of the deal, but a rep confirmed to Page Six, "We have a long-term deal with Gayle."

King, who is also a close friend of liberal media mogul Oprah Winfrey, has let her bias slip on numerous occasions on the show.

She bemoaned the coverage of Hillary Clinton's private email scandal by saying people at a party she attended did not care about it, said "we were all laughing" at Republicans during their chaotic primary season, openly pushed for gun control on air, and claimed that left-wing comedian Jon Stewart tried to be "nonpartisan" when he hosted The Daily Show.

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