Serious Cash: Gayle King Gets Multi-Million Dollar Pay Raise After R. Kelly Interview

Posted On : May 6, 2019

Gayle King Secures the Bag in $11 Million Deal with CBS News

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@gayleking has reportedly negotiated an $11 million deal with CBS which is double than her current salary. #SecureTheBag

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Gayle King has been in the news a lot because of her work with CBS. Most notably, she had a high-profile interview with R. Kelly, even breaking some ratings records.

The interview landed Gayle on the cover of Time Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People.

Well, Gayle is making the most of her moment, securing the bag and her future with CBS.

According to Page Six, the veteran journalist reportedly just negotiated her CBS salary from $5 million a year to $11 million a year.  It was bestie, Oprah Winfrey who encouraged Gayle to go after the money she deserved. She had earlier considered leaving the network.

Oprah told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview:

“I said, ‘Get what you want. Get exactly what you want, because now’s the time. And if you don’t get what you want, then make the next right move,’ ” 

Gayle is Now One Of The Highest Paid Black Journalist

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The deal now makes Gayle King one of the highest paid black journalists in the world along with Robin Roberts. According to Vibe, the new salary also means she’ll be staying with the morning show, while co-host Norah O’Donnell will anchor “CBS Evening News” and Jeff Glor will reportedly be out.

Reportedly, CBS News president Susan Zirinsky has denied rumors that King was behind O’Donnell leaving CBS This Morning.

Gayle’s pay increase  is significant because black journalist are notoriously underpaid in every level of news and media.

While this is all great news for Gayle, some are not happy about her success. They attribute her success to tearing down a black man, and believe she should not be awarded for that.

What are your thoughts on the pay out to Gayle?