Norah O’Donnell named anchor of ‘CBS Evening News’ as Gayle King addresses rumors of bad blood

It's a "new era" for CBS News.

The network shook up its news coverage on Monday, announcing that Norah O’Donnell will become anchor and managing editor of “CBS Evening News” this summer.

O’Donnell has been a co-host of “CBS This Morning” along with Gayle King and John Dickerson.

“Walter Cronkite once said, ‘I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got,’” O’Donnell tweeted Monday. “I am going to give this everything I’ve got.”

O’Donnell had been chief White House correspondent before she joined “CBS This Morning” in 2012. “CBS Evening News” will move to Washington from New York to focus more on stories from “the center of power.”

“This is the start of a new era for CBS News,” CBS News president Susan Zirinsky said in a statement. “Our job is to reveal America to itself through original reporting, strong investigative journalism and powerful political coverage.”

King, who recently nabbed a high-profile interview with R. Kelly, will remain co-host of “CBS This Morning” and will be joined by Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil. She addressed rumors of supposed bad blood between her and O’Donnell.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Gayle King attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gayle King attends Common's 5th Annual Toast to the Arts at Ysabel on February 22, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Freedom Road Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Gayle King is seen on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JNI/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20: REBA McENTIRE ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE 54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ON CBS THIS MORNING, with CBS This Morning Co-Hosts, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell. FEB. 20 IN THE 8:00 AM ET HOUR. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Bill and Melinda Gates in the CBS Toyota Greenroom with Co-Host Gayle King before their appearance on CBS THIS MORNING, Feb 12, 2019. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Gayle King attends the 2018 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown on January 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Gayle King attends opening night of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for 'To Kill A Mockingbird')
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WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Gayle King and Lenny Kravitz -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Dave Chappelle and Gayle King pose backstage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Gayle King speaks on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Gayle King attends Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Gayle King arrives at The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation 'Magical Evening' Gala on November 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: (Image was captured on the LG V40 ThinQ) Gayle King arrives on the red carpet at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 17th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Tom Hanks and Gayle King pose before their conversation at 92nd Street Y on November 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
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“It’s so amazing that after seven years together that now people would say you and I have beef,” King said on the air on Monday, according to Oprah Magazine. “You have no beef with me, I have no beef with you. Tina Brown summed it up nicely saying this doesn’t happen to men. This kind of cutt-hroat business. That the reality is that it’s two great jobs for two great women.”

O’Donnell is replacing Jeff Glor as anchor of the “CBS Evening News.” Glor is still negotiating his future with the network.

Dickerson, who joined “CBS This Morning” as Charlie Rose’s replacement in January of 2018, will become a correspondent for “60 Minutes.” Rose was axed after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.

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