Morale has been boosted at CBS News, we’re told, because staffers now believe that Gayle King may stay at the network after the hiring of Susan Zirinsky as the division’s president.
Sources tell us that in her newsroom speech on Monday following the announcement that she’ll replace David Rhodes, Zirinsky implored the staff, “Come with me, and help make CBS the greatest it’s ever been.”
That’s when King was heard “screaming, ‘I’ll come with you!’ ”
We’re told that’s big news for staff, who were preparing to see one of the most recognizable faces on the network walk out the door. “Last week, 99 percent of the staff would have told you that Gayle is leaving,” we’re told.
Page Six has reported that King co-anchor of “CBS This Morning” alongside Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson was ready to walk.
She felt she had gracefully handled the exits of former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose and CBS president Les Moonves, both of whom were ousted over sexual-misconduct allegations, which they both deny.
But she was furious about the firing of the morning show’s producer, Ryan Kadro.