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David Letterman To Gayle King: 'Surprised' To Know Charlie Rose Was Still Alive (VIDEO)

First Posted: 11/22/11 10:39 AM ET Updated: 11/22/11 12:55 PM ET

Gayle King appeared on "Late Night With David Letterman" Monday night to chat about her new gig hosting CBS' morning show.

In addition to King, the network announced the addition of Charlie Rose to its morning show lineup.

When Letterman brought up Rose, who he referred to as a "man about town," King made her loyalty quite clear. "Don't talk about my lover, Dave," King said.

She later asked Letterman how he truly reacted to the announcement that she and Rose would be joining the CBS news team. Speaking about Rose, Letterman told her he was "surprised to know that he was still alive."

Letterman said that he was "hung up" on the fact that he found Rose a "kind of a late night...guy." He then impersonated Rose grumpily asking for a danish and demanding donuts on a morning show set.

King continuously defended her new colleague, calling him an "icon" and a "legend."

A history of CBS mornings:

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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.


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