King has one year left on her deal and a source said: “Gayle is holding the show together, she wants George money — he got between $15 and $18 million to stay on at ABC.”
The veteran journalist was reportedly ready to leave the network amid the chaos following the firing of Charlie Rose and Les Moonves.
Her negotiations come as Oprah’s bestie continues to be widely praised for keeping her cool while interviewing embattled singer R. Kelly as he became unhinged and ranted to the cameras about being innocent of the multiple sexual abuse claims leveled against him. He could face up to 70 years in prison if found guilty.
After the volatile interview, King told O, The Oprah Magazine:
“I was not scared. I never thought he was going to hit me. After, Oprah and my kids Kirby and Will called me to ask if I was okay because it looked scary. But I was never worried he was going to hurt me. I was more worried that he was going to get up and leave.
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