Norah O’Donnell On ‘CTM': ‘There is a genuine affection and friendship’

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By Alex Weprin Comment

“CBS This Morning” gets a write-up from TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio, who talks to all three anchors, as well as EP Chris Licht. While “CTM” is certainly the newsiest of the network morning shows, one of the key elements to its growth is almost certainly the chemistry the anchors have.

It is a cliche, but when viewers invite you into their home every morning, they have to like the people they see. That is one of the reasons “Good Morning America” cites for its growth. Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell seem to have “it.”

What has also helped is a team of anchors who truly like each other. “We have real admiration and respect,” says Rose. King adds that her relaxed on-air rapport with Rose has led to questions from viewers about how close they really are. “Women are always asking me about the show,” says King. “One asked me ‘what is it between you two?’ I said ‘what do you mean?’ She said ‘you know what I mean.’ I said ‘I don’t know what you mean.'”

“They’re not dating,” O’Donnell notes. “There is a genuine affection and friendship that’s going on here.”

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