Screenshot courtesy of Newsweek | CBS MORNINGS on January 9, 2024. Pictured: Gayle King. Photo: Mary Kouw/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved MARY KOUW/CBS

Gayle King is not just Oprah’s best friend: she’s America’s best friend. But to hear her tell it, she’s not an icon

Whatever you do, don’t call Gayle King an icon. “Diana Ross, to me, is an icon.” Fair. But one moniker she is fine with is America’s best friend. “I’ll take that as a compliment. I like that.” And it fits, considering her many titles: center anchor of CBS Mornings, editor at large of Oprah Daily, co-host of CNN‘s King Charles. “If I get five [hours of sleep], I’m doing the hula.” At CBS Mornings, it’s the combination of King, Tony Dokoupil and Nate Burleson that creates a dynamic unlike any other morning show. “We can educate, we can inform and entertain without being a comedy show. Clearly, people like watching people that they think enjoy working with each other. We certainly have that down on lock. But I think that we each bring something different to the table.” Even though she says she’s not “out here looking for more work,” she’s also never going to turn down an opportunity. “I never have, and I’m not going to start now; I just have so many varied interests. That has served me well. I say this all the time, ‘I have a front-row seat to history.'”

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