Following the success of her highly anticipated interview with R. Kelly amid his sexual abuse allegations, it has been announced that Gayle King is expected to sign a new multi-million dollar deal to stay at CBS News.
King, who reportedly already has a $5.5 million-a-year deal with the network, joined CBS News in 2011. She has conducted revealing and news-making interviews with world leaders, political figures, and celebrities for the broadcast, including Michelle Obama, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jack and Suzy Welch, Taylor Swift, Cicely Tyson, and more recently R. Kelly. King has also handled a number of high-profile assignments and co-anchored CBS News’ special coverage of several breaking news stories, including the Paris terrorist attacks, the San Bernardino shootings, and the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage.
According to Page Six, all other staff-related negotiations surrounding CBS News have been placed on hold until King has signed her deal. There has been speculation that her co-host Norah O’Donnell will replace Jeff Glor on CBS Evening News. O’Donnell also wants to move the show to Washington, DC. However, Page Six has been told that everything has pretty much been kept under wraps.
“Everything has gone very quiet. Nothing will be done until Gayle has signed her contract. It looks likely that she’s staying — but we don’t know what the holdup is,” a source tells Page Six. “Everyone is stressed — they want to know what’s happening.”
When asked if she will be staying, King told The Associated Press recently:
“Ooh, that’s a good question. All I can say is I really love my job. And I think it’s kind of foolish to predict the future.”