Gayle King and co-hosts of CBS This Morning hugged it out Monday as she announced she would remain on the program with new co-hosts, while Norah ODonnell becomes anchor and managing editor at CBS Evening News which is moving to Washington D.C. John Dickerson is heading to 60 Minutes.
King announced she will be joined by Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil on the ratings-starved program, revealing start date: May 20.
But its Jeff Glor who is trending worldwide Monday morning, as ODonnells appointment leave the current CBS Evening News anchor the odd man out.
“Jeff Glor is a fantastic journalist and trusted colleague here,” King said, adding he continues talks with division execs “and we all hope very much he will continue working here; it will be his decision.”
But Zirinskys on-air changes already have led to one exit. CBS This Mornings fourth co-host of only six months, Bianna Golodryga left the division last month rather than accept a different assignment. She remains a contributor at CNN, looking far more comfortable than she ever did in her few months on CBS morning show.
Glor, a 12-year CBS News veteran and one of the original anchors at launch of CBSN, had been named anchor of CBSs evening newscast when former CBS News chief David Rhodes famously removed Scott Pelley, whose office was cleaned out while he was on assignment for 60 Minutes.
Revealing ODonnells new post, King noted the evening newscast is moving to D.C., adding, “Thats big.” ODonnell also will continue to contribute to 60 Minutes.
ODonnell called it “incredibly humbling to accept this position,” mentioned Walter Cronkite, said she would give it “everything Ive got” and added, “a new era begins.”
Dickerson, meanwhile, said his family used to sit around on Sunday night and watch 60 Minutes, but “Im not going to totally flip out” adding he owes a lot to King and ODonnell.
“The news should rarely be about us,” King said, reminding viewers she was on her way to London to do a special about the new addition to the royal family when word broke of details on her new co-hosts with a gossip headline that she had forced out ODonnell.
“Tina Brown summed it up nicely,” King name-dropped, paraphrasing Brown saying this kind of headline never would happen to a man, though Brown hardly holds the corner on that thought. King called new-ish CBS News chief Suzan Zirinsky the “bad ass in our building” by way of reminding viewers that she came to the job in January announcing there would be changes made.
ODonnell, meanwhile, said they should not “listen to those in the cheap seats,” crediting King with that line.
“We had lot of bad press coming from inside the building which has bothered me,” King said. The evening newscasts move to Washington was Susan Zirinskys idea, King said at Norah, getting in the last word.
“This is a business about ratings, and when ratings dont work they make changes,” King told viewers.
The three co-hosts agreed to give their new jobs “110%.”
Zirinsky, who officially took over in March, has been working on an overhaul of the morning show, which has suffered from bad ratings since Charlie Rose got sacked in wake of a sexual harassment report in Washington Post, taking viewers with him.