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In this week’s issue of Parade–and at www.parade.com–yours truly has written the cover story about Gayle King, broadcaster, journalist, mother,and Oprah’s BFF. King and Charlie Rose take over the newly reconstituted “CBS This Morning” beginning a week from today, January 9th. Producer Chris Licht, who came from “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, is taking the reins. It was his idea to couple King and Rose. For Gayle it was not an easy decision. Even though she’s staying with Oprah’s O Magazine, she’s leaving her OWN network at a troubled time. Still, King says Oprah pushed her to go for the opportunity. There was no tension, just support. Gayle tells me Oprah will not be her first guest. “That’s a little cheesy, isn’t it?” she asks. She wants an independent identity. I think she has one already. I know Gayle quite separately from Oprah. I knew her as a broadcaster from Connecticut. In New York, where we both live, Gayle is a welcome presence at nighttime events. She loves music as much as I, and has eclectic taster that runs from Jay Z to Carrie Underwood to Sting. I can’t wait for her to put her imprint on the CBS show, and give Charlie Rose a daily alarm.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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