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Charlie Rose On 'Early Show' With Gayle King? The Rumors Fly

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 10/24/11 09:42 AM ET Updated: 12/24/11 05:12 AM ET

Charlie Rose Gayle King

Could Charlie Rose and Gayle King become the next hosts of "The Early Show"?

The New York Post reported on Monday that Chris Licht, the vice president of programming at CBS News and the former executive producer of "Morning Joe," is in talks with Rose --who has a long history with the network-- to take the helm of the perennially last-place morning show. The paper said that Licht wants King to be the Mika Brzezinski to Rose's Joe Scarborough.

One thing is for sure: the Rose rumors do not appear to be baseless. The man himself acknowledged to Newsweek's Howard Kurtz in a Monday interview that he is talking to CBS.

"I'm having conversations with CBS because I'm a member of that family," he said. "I'm intrigued by the fact that they want to do it differently. They understand that their success will not lie in duplicating what's already on morning television."

If Rose actually were to take over the program, it would certainly be evidence of CBS doubling down on its recent approach with the show, which has been to emphasize hard news at the expense of the softer items the other morning shows are known for. It would also be the third major overhaul of "Early" in less than a year. In November 2010, the show fired all of its anchors. In May, executive producer David Friedman was let go.

The King rumors appear to be a little flimsier. There is no direct evidence that she has begun talks with CBS like Rose has. The two do not make an immediately logical morning show pair, either. But if the duo were to claim their seats at the "Early Show" desk, it would be one of the more audacious and intriguing scenarios the genre has seen in some time.

A (mostly) complete timeline of CBS' morning shows, 1963-present:

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  • 1963: 'CBS Morning News'

    Mike Wallace was the first to try his hand at morning news, after an eight-year CBS drought in the genre. It didn't last. (Note: above image is from Wallace's interview program, so it is rather more austere.)

  • 1964-1970: Joseph Benti Era

    Benti took over from Wallace and lasted for six years. He was replaced by John Hart, who later went on to the "Today" show.

  • 1973-1974: The Sally Quinn Era

    We'll let our <a href="" target="_hplink">previous coverage</a> of this unforgettable moment in TV history speak for itself.

  • 1979-1980: Bob Schieffer

    The show was renamed 'Morning,' and Schieffer took the helm. He has since called the experience one of the worst of his professional life.

  • 1980-1982: Charles Kuralt

    Kuralt hosted the weekday show as well as 'CBS Sunday Morning,' before deciding to stick just to the weekends.

  • 1985-1986: Maria Shriver

    Shriver hosted along with Forrest Sawyer, up until the show was canceled.

  • 1987: 'The Morning Program'

    A new show was brought in, with actress Mariette Hartley and anchor Rolland Smith. It lasted less than a year.

  • 1987-1999: 'This Morning'

    Harry Smith was a mainstay on this show. It also featured future CNN anchor Paula Zahn for a time. (Both left in 1996.)

  • 1999-2002: Bryant Gumbel Moves In

    'The Early Show' debuted with a splash, as Gumbel returned to his morning perch. He lasted three years.

  • 2002-2010: Harry Smith/Chen/Rodriguez/Price/Storm/Syler/Mitchell Era

  • 2010-Present: Erica Hill/Chris Wragge Era

    In 2010, the entire anchor team was let go, replaced by weekend anchors Hill and Wragge.

  • A series of retro intros to the various morning shows CBS has put on the air.