CNN yanks the plug on Charles Barkley and Gayle King’s chit-chat show

Emily Hudson By Emily Hudson Jun6,2024

Gayle King and Charles Barkley’s run hosting a talk show on CNN is coming to an end.

The pair gave their final sign off last week on “King Charles,” a weekly talk show CNN rolled out last year that was described at the time as a limited series.

The show featured King and Barkley offering commentary and interviews on a wide variety of issues ranging from politics to television and music.

The prime-time program, which was launched just months after the ouster of CNN CEO Chris Licht, struggled to gain a meaningful foothold in the ultra-competitive cable news ratings race.

Barkley last fall joked about how the show might perform with the network’s audience, quipping during an early episode “we hope you all like the show. And we hope like hell y’all got Nielsen boxes,” The Washington Post noted at the time.

In a statement on Monday, the network confirmed the show was coming off the air, saying “King Charles has come to the end of its limited run as we announced when it launched last fall and was a great addition to CNN’s lineup, with the youngest, most affluent, and most diverse P2+ audience in its cable news time period.”

King is also a co-host of “CBS Mornings” while Barkley is a leading basketball analyst for TNT, which, like CNN, is owned by WarnerBros. Discovery.

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2 thoughts on “CNN yanks the plug on Charles Barkley and Gayle King’s chit-chat show”
  1. Was the cancellation of “King Charles” due to low ratings, or were there other factors at play in the decision?

  2. I think it was time for “King Charles” to have its final sign off. The show didn’t seem to gain the viewership it needed in the competitive cable news ratings race.

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