CBS News Host Gayle King Negotiates $11M Deal, BFF Oprah Told Her ‘Go For Broke’

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
Gayle King
Gayle King attends the Time 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Gayle King has made another boss move. The talented journalist knows her worth and just doubled her annual salary by negotiating an $11 million deal with CBS news, reported Page Six. King is host of CBS This Morning and was making $5 million annually before negotiating her new contract.

Though King has always been known to be sharp, 2019 has shown just how much of an asset she is to the network. The poise she exhibited during her infamous interview with R. Kelly and her inclusion on the TIME 100’s Most Influential People list underscore her brilliance.

Her iconic BFF Oprah Winfrey said she told King to go for broke during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Winfrey said she told King, “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.” She said she even followed up with King’s lawyer to make sure he was fighting for her at the highest level.

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However, Winfrey was clear that King would have negotiated well in spite of her advice, but it was important she encouraged her not to settle.

King was considering leaving CBS before making the multi-million dollar deal. Though her presence on the morning show has been solidified, King’s co-host Norah O’Donnell has been moved to anchor of “CBS Evening News.”

The network has also reported other changes, which King expressed her excitement about. Some believe it is a result of CBS now having a woman, Susan Zirinsky, at the helm.

Users on Twitter were here for it. Celebrities and viewers alike lauded the network’s moves.

About Isheka N. Harrison

Isheka N. Harrison is an experienced writer, editor, educator, media and communications professional who thoroughly enjoys telling people’s stories. A former editor of the South Florida Times, Isheka has been featured as a speaker for New Florida Majority’s “Black Women in Media” Panel for Women’s History Month, served as a judge for JM Lexus’ 2018 African American Achievers Awards and named one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” by Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald. A native of Miami, Isheka's work has appeared in notable local and national media outlets including: ESSENCE Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Miami Times and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University. Isheka is also a member of several para-professional organizations including the Black Professionals Network (BPN), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) South Florida and ColorComm. To learn more about her story, you can connect with Isheka on LinkedIn at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ishekah. To pitch her any tips or ideas for articles, email her at