Norah O’Donnell is officially out as co-host CBS’s struggling morning show — thanks to Gayle King.
Sources close to CBS say that the new anchor lineup for “CBS This Morning” has been set and it doesn’t include O’Donnell because King — riding high off her big interview with R. Kelly — has demanded she be sent elsewhere.
“Norah is toxic,” a CBS insider said, explaining that the anchor is difficult to work with and has aided in feeding rumors about the impending exit of Jeff Glor, anchor of “CBS Evening News,” while vying for his job.
The blood is so bad between the morning news co-hosts that King demanded O’Donnell be moved off the show as part of her recent contract negotiations, which kicked off after her now-infamous Kelly interview, sources said.
Besides King, the new morning show lineup includes “CBS This Morning Saturday” co-anchor Anthony Mason and CBS News correspondents Tony Dokoupil, a source said.
O’Donnell, who will continue to appear on “60 Minutes,” has been offered a “monster anchor” job, which includes a chief political anchor role at the network, in addition to a post as anchor of “CBS Evening News,” a position currently held by Glor, an insider told The Post.
Glor, who has struggled to improve on the show’s third-place ranking, will likely be offered a correspondent or weekend anchor role, an insider close to the situation said.
“CBS This Morning” co-host Jeff Dickerson will move to “60 Minutes” in a political role.
Insiders said if O’Donnell accepts the CBS evening news job, the show will move from New York to Washington D.C. The contract is inked but not signed as of this report due to O’Donnell’s demands for “Gayle King money,” a source said.
Meanwhile, King has succeeded in her demand for her pay be bumped to more than double her current $5.5 million salary, sources said.
The changes come as CBS News president Susan Zirinsky has been telling CBS staffers to “expect big changes,” sources said. Zirinsky is expected to announce the changes in the coming days ahead of CBS’ annual presentation of its shows to advertisers on May 14th.
Although Zirinsky is making good on her promise to finalize the anchor line up before then, buzz of O’Donnell’s move has hit a fever pitch at the network because so many people there find her hard to work with and are disappointed she is staying with the network, sources said.
“This could be a stain on Z’s presidency,” offered one insider of Zirinsky’s keeping O’Donnell. “Only time will tell.”