‘CBS This Morning’ hosts furious ‘Today’ show landed big Bob Woodward interview

 pagesix.com  09/16/2020 12:23:42   Oli Coleman

Its a scandal bigger than Watergate!

Page Six has learned that Gayle King and her CBS This Morning colleagues were furious because Today bagged the first live interview with Bob Woodward about his blockbuster book Rage  even though it was published by CBSs sister company Simon & Schuster.

King rival Savannah Guthrie ended up doing the interview with the iconic journalist on Monday, the day before the book hit shelves  and made worldwide headlines because she was the first to challenge Woodward on his controversial decision not to release a recording of the president in which he seemed to imply he believed COVID-19 to be much more dangerous than he had publicly stated.

The insider speculated that Simon & Schuster decided to go to NBC  despite its corporate ties to CBS  because Today gets many more viewers than CBS This Morning.

But the source said that the move stings even more precisely because CBS This Morning is battling to keep up with Today and Good Morning America.

Theyre in third place, but theyre hustling and trying to make a difference. And then theyre betrayed by their own company, said a source.

60 Minutes, which is also produced by CBS, did get the first interview with Woodward about the jaw-dropping book, but it was taped  so the first live sit-down was a still a big get.

Rubbing salt into the wound, CBSs Late Show with Stephen Colbert was the first of the late-night shows to talk to Woodward.

Asked about the angst over the sit-down at CBS This Morning, a CBS spokesperson told us, Not true. The fact is that CBS/60 Minutes got the first interview. End of story.

King became the star host of the show in May 2020 after a major reshuffle of the long-running show.

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