Gayle King on Leaving Her Apartment for the First Time in 32 Days, Plus: Her New Radio Show
Gayle King opened up to “Extra's” Billy Bush about leaving her NYC apartment after 32 days of indoor self-isolation.
“Billy, people started to say, 'I think you're becoming agoraphobic,'” said the “CBS This Morning” host. “I didn't feel that — I was just being very frightened. So I stepped outside. I was out for an hour and 15 minutes and you know, you have all that stuff on and you walk with your hands, you just walk with purpose. It was very nice… Then, Billy, I got up the next day to go out, the elevator came, I looked out and there were so many people I went right back in the house.”
King explained, “I don't like working from home, Billy Bush. I don't like working from home… Maybe that's why I like radio so much, 'cause you get people' 'coming into' your house.”
She launched a Sirius XM show called “Gayle King in the House," revealing, "They reached out to me during this time to be able to hear what the people are saying, to listen to the people.”
She insisted, “COVID-19 is the foundation of the show, no question about that, but I don't want it to be all doom and gloom.”
Gayle went on to tell the story of a caller who brought up one of her dating rules.
“So I asked the other day, since everybody is so hot to trot, what is the business that you want to see open? A guy called and he said he wanted the laundromat open... I go, 'The laundromat?' and he goes, 'I know, Gayle. Talking to you, I saw an interview you did years ago where you said you would never date a man that goes to the laundromat'... and I said, 'Well, I don't recall that... but that's true.'”
She continued, “At this stage in my life, I don't want to go with a guy where we're sitting folding clothes together. I'm sorry, I don't want to do that, but I thought that was an interesting point of view. I never thought about the laundromat.”