Gayle King has reportedly turned down an offer to interview talk show host Wendy Williams about her recent personal troubles. Sources claim the “CBS This Morning” anchor thinks it’s too “trashy.”
Daily Mail exclusively reports that Williams, who has allegedly been shopping her story around the major TV networks, just got her first rejection from King, 64.
Wendy Williams at Build Studio on April 17, 2017 in New York City. |Photo: Getty Images
Williams’ personal life has been a roller coaster in the last couple of months, from her struggles with alcohol and substance abuse addiction to her husband’s alleged cheating, and most recently, the “Wendy Williams Show” host’s decision to divorce her husband and manager.
The 54-year-old is said to be eyeing a primetime slot for a tell-all interview in hopes that her emotional story will help create positive buzz around her and her talk show.
Williams has reportedly approached ABC, NBC, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, and CBS, where she’s now been turned down by King.
King, a close friend of Winfrey’s, earned rave reviews for her explosive interview with embattled singer R. Kelly in March, but according to a network source quoted by Daily Mail, the seasoned journalist is taking a pass on Williams’ story.
“Her people want either a morning show or an hour-long prime-time special. They want Wendy to sit down with a big name anchor and Gayle King was at the top of the list, but she turned it down. It's not clear exactly why but there's a lot of talk that Gayle thought sitting down with Wendy, dredging over her car crash personal life, might be a little too trashy for morning television.”
“Wendy also wants a longer interview,” added the insider.
One might wonder, however, if King’s alleged snub does not have something to do with the back-and-forth she had with Williams about eight years ago.
In 2011 when King was getting ready to leave OWN for a new job at CBS, Williams speculated on her daytime show that the move would end the journalist’s friendship with her BFF, Winfrey, E! News reported.
The former radio host subsequently announced that she got a letter from Winfrey saying that she had nothing against King going to CBS.
King publicly claimed Winfrey never sent a letter to Williams, confirming that she clarified from the media mogul. Williams, meanwhile, insisted that she got a letter from Winfrey.
The matter was never resolved, so it’s not sure if King still harbors reservations against the TV diva.
Away from King, however, multiple sources also confirm to Daily Mail that even other big-name hosts are not too eager to take Williams up on her offer because of the accompanying demands.
ABC’s Robin Roberts is said to be showing the most interest in the interview so far, but Williams has not made a decision.
(L-R) Kevin Hunter, Wendy Williams & Kevin Hunter Jr. at Planet Hollywood Times Square on July 11, 2017 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
Earlier, Williams confessed on her show that she had been living at a sober house while dealing with her addiction issues. She has since announced her imminent departure from the facility and has been adjusting to the single life.
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