Gayle King came out the winner of a major shake-up at CBS News this week, doubling her salary to at least $11 million, the New York Post reports. King had threatened to leave CBS This Morning, where she’s been a co-anchor since 2012, driving a hard bargain at the urging of close friend Oprah Winfrey. King denied reports that she also insisted on the departure of her longtime co-anchor Norah O’Donnell, who will replace Jeff Glor this summer as anchor of CBS Evening News. “I have no beef with you, and you have no beef with me,” King said on air to O’Donnell, who agreed. King will now work alongside two CBS correspondents who’ve been promoted to anchors, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil. O’Donnell, meanwhile, will become the third woman to host an evening news program on one of the “big three” broadcast networks.
One of Luke Perry’s final wishes was honored last month when the actor was buried wearing a biodegradable suit made of mushrooms. His 18-year-old daughter Sophia explained the eco-friendly burial this week, saying, “My dad discovered it, and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him.” Known for his TV roles in Beverly Hills, 90210 and more recently Riverdale, Perry died March 4, at age 52, after suffering a stroke. He was buried in Tennessee, where he owned a farm. The suit’s manufacturer claims mushrooms neutralize polluting toxins from the body as it decomposes.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he’ll skip his team’s World Series celebration at the White House this week, to protest what he believes is the Trump administration’s inadequate hurricane relief effort in his native Puerto Rico. “It’s pretty tough to go celebrate when we’re where we are at,” said Cora, 43. “Some people still lack basic necessities, others remain without electricity, and many homes and schools are in pretty bad shape.” Cora joins several of Boston’s biggest stars who’ve declined Trump’s invitation, including Xander Bogaerts, David Price, and 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts. ■