As has been rumored for months, Charles Barkley will formally host a primetime CNN present alongside Gayle King later this yr.
TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley has formally been named co-host of a stay, weekly primetime CNN present alongside “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King, it was introduced Saturday throughout TNT’s NBA pregame protection. Titled “King Charles,” the hour-long present is about to air Wednesday nights beginning this fall and persevering with into subsequent yr.
Beneath new president Chris Licht, CNN has for months pursued Barkley as a possible host for its retooled primetime lineup. Barkley went on the file earlier this yr as saying he would solely settle for a internet hosting position if King was concerned.
Barkley this yr reached a ten-year contract extension with Warner Bros. Discovery that included a CNN part. That’s not uncommon as his earlier offers have additionally included some CNN tasks. He has been an occasional visitor on CNN exhibits all through his twenty years at Turner, and early in his tenure was a daily contributor to the CNN speak present “Talkback Dwell.”
Barkley has additionally repeatedly ventured past sports activities throughout his time with Turner, at one level internet hosting a docuseries about race in America with the tagline — referenced not-infrequently on social media within the years since — of “we’re going to begin a dialogue.” Within the 2002-03 season, he and Ernie Johnson hosted a pregame speak present on TNT known as “Pay attention Up!” that mentioned basic subjects in and out of doors of sports activities.
Such forays past the enjoying area should not unusual for Barkley, who at various factors in his profession floated the potential for operating for governor of Alabama.
The CNN present is not going to have an effect on Barkley’s NBA duties on TNT (or King’s duties with CBS Information). For her half, King isn’t any stranger to working with sports activities TV analysts — her CBS morning present co-host is “The NFL In the present day” analyst Nate Burleson.
CNN does make use of at the very least one different acquainted sports activities media determine, utilizing Bob Costas as a contributor. A decade in the past, it aired a daily primetime sequence hosted by Rachel Nichols. Most famously, it was as soon as dwelling to a daily sports activities spotlight present hosted by plenty of luminaries, together with the late Fred Hickman and Nick Charles.
(Information from CNN/Turner)