‘CBS This Morning’s’ Gayle King is one of today’s most high-profile journalists. Still being heralded for her calm demeanor and stellar interviewing skills during her sit-down with singer R. Kelly, who was accused of sexual assault, King leads the network’s morning team and has become an integral part of CBS News.
With her career at an all-time high, one would think that King is content with her status as lead news anchor. But she recently revealed that there’s another title she wants more than any other.
Already playing the name game
King recently told People that she is really looking forward to being a grandmother, and would prefer to take on the role as soon as possible. “Yes! You don’t even have to finish the sentence,” she said when asked if she’s ready for grandchildren. “Yes! Dear Jesus, yes. I can’t wait.”
While King is more than ready for the next generation of her family, her daughter, recently engaged Kirby Bumpus, is not in a rush. “Kirby doesn’t want to hear it, as she said to me the other day,” she told People.
That’s not stopping King, who has started thinking of potential baby names. “I said, ‘Kirby, I thought of another great baby name. Do you like the name Chandler? What about Eden?’ I’m trying to get names that could go with either males or females,” she said. “‘What about Remington?’ She goes, ‘Mom, my womb is empty and I would just like to plan the wedding,’ I said, ‘Give me a freakin’ date so I can start working on this!’”
What may have gotten King so fired up for grandkids is her daughter Kirby’s recent engagement earlier this year to Virgil Miller, chief of staff to Rep. Cedric Richmond according to the Washington Post.
Apparently, Miller decided to make the proposal a family affair, arranging for a brunch with his family as well as King and her son Will the day after he popped the question. “Kirby was really, really, really surprised,” King told Rachael Ray. “He had arranged for his family to be there, Will and I to be there, and he told Kirby, ‘We’re just going to brunch with some friends.’ So when she walked in and saw all of us, it was so nice.”
King wanted to start planning the wedding immediately, but daughter Kirby said she wanted to “just enjoy the engagement” for a couple months. “So I’ve been told that I can’t even bring it up,” King told Ray at the time. “It’s amazing how your children can tell you what to do.” King’s BFF Oprah Winfrey will surely be a big part of the wedding festivities, as she is godmother to both of King’s children.
King announced the engagement on her Instagram account, posting, “Guess what happened to @fav daughter … yep @kirbybump is ENGAGED!” King wrote on social media. “Swipe left to see the (very) lucky guy ..welcome to the family VIRGIL MILLER! She thought will [Gayle’s son] and I were in la.”
Heavy reported that King’s celebrity friends posted their well wishes on social media. “Wow! Wow! Wow! Congrat[s], @Kirbybump,” director Ava DuVernay commented. NBC’s Today Show correspondent Maria Shriver posted, “Omg so exciting.” Actress and singer Rita Wilson wrote, “What wonderful happy news!!”
According to Heavy, Bumpus is currently the Head of Social Impact & Inclusion at Sweetgreen.
Scott is a start
While King may have to wait a while for grandchildren, it looks like she has somewhat of a start with her son Will’s recent adoption of Scott, an adorable tan rescue puppy. “My first ‘grandchild’ his name is scott after my late father swipe left to see the proud parent who adopted him from a shelter on friday we are all SO excited!” King posted on Instagram after Will brought the newest member of his family home.
King recently praised Will on his new “parenting” role, but refrained from giving advice. “A boy & his dog! is it just me or do fav son @willgb3 & fav granDOG Scott (kinda) look alike? I know when time comes he’ll be GREAT dad. Scott.. so well taken care of swipe left …I am wondering if he can walk seems to get carried a lot … but I’m not giving parenting advice.”
Clearly, King will be more than ready for her role as grandmother when the time comes.