CBS on Monday confirmed a huge shake-up at the network’s morning and evening news programs, days after The Post exclusively revealed behind-the-scenes drama and movement among top talent.
It was announced during “CBS This Morning” that co-host Norah O’Donnell will be leaving the program this summer to replace Jeff Glor as the anchor of “CBS Evening News,” following months of buzz that he’d be leaving amid struggling ratings.
John Dickerson, who joined “CBS This Morning” last year after Charlie Rose left over sexual misconduct allegations, is also exiting the show for “60 Minutes” — leaving Gayle King as the only remaining co-host. The network’s Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil will join her.
“This is a business about ratings and when the ratings don’t work, they make changes,” King said. “And so they’re making changes that they hope lead to better things.”
The Post exclusively reported last week that network star King — who recently made waves with her explosive R. Kelly interview — demanded O’Donnell leave “CBS This Morning.”
“Norah is toxic,” a CBS insider previously said, adding she’s difficult to work with and added fuel to the Glor exit rumors as she vied for his gig.
Last week, CBS News president Susan Zirinsky denied to The Post that King had anything to do with O’Donnell leaving “CBS This Morning.”
On Monday morning, King and O’Donnell denied any “beef,” with O’Donnell quipping, “I know you have Oprah, but I want to thank you for being my work BFF.”
O’Donnell will serve as anchor and managing editor of “CBS Evening News” from a homebase of Washington, DC. She joined “CBS This Morning” in 2012.