O’Donnell will soon be anchoring CBS Evening News, where she’ll also be the managing editor. She will also be the main anchor for CBS’ political events, and will contribute to 60 Minutes. The journalist will become only the second woman to anchor the evening show solo. Katie Couric, who anchored the program from 2006 to 2011, was first.
“Honored and humbled,” O’Donnell tweeted after the news was first announced. “I am going to give this everything I’ve got.”
O’Donnell’s new role begins this summer in New York, and will permanently move to Washington, D.C., in the fall.
John Dickerson, who also currently cohosts the morning show, will be moving to 60 Minutes and work on elections content. Dickerson, who previously hosted Face the Nation, was moved to CBS This Morning in 2018 after Charlie Rose was ousted in the wake of sexual harassment allegations made against him.
“This is a start of a new era for CBS News,” CBS News President Susan Zirinksy said in a statement. “Our job is to reveal America to itself through original reporting, strong innovative journalism, and powerful political coverage.”
She also praised O’Donnell as “one of the leading journalists of our time.”
King’s new coanchors will be Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil.
On May 2, Page Six reported that King, who earned some extra weight in her recent contract negotiations after her bombshell interview with R. Kelly, wanted O’Donnell out, but that she may not have been alone in her sentiments. “Norah is toxic” and is difficult to work with, a CBS insider alleged to Page Six.
The network denied the report at the time. Zirinsky said in a statement shared with USA Today: “This headline is offensive and 100 percent false.”
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King also addressed rumors of the feud after the announcement was made Monday. “Can I just take a minute to go off script …?” she said to her cohost on CBS This Morning. “I have no beef with you, you have no beef with me. [Journalist] Tina Brown summed it up very nicely: She said this never happens to men, this kind of cutthroat business. The reality is, there are two great jobs for two great women.”
O’Donnell agreed and gave props to her cohost: “I want to thank you for being my work BFF.”