‘Very Messy and Very Sloppy’:  CBS Host Gayle King Speaks on GMA Drama

by Xara Aziz

The Good Morning America debacle has had the nation talking since news broke that its co-hosts T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach were involved in a secret affair. Now, CBS Mornings co-anchor Gayle King has entered the chat.

During an episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the show’s host asked King what her thoughts were on the scandal.  

“Oh gosh, of all the questions I was hoping you would not talk about,” she said with a laugh.

“I look at the situation and I do say it’s very interesting what’s happening over there,” she said. “It’s just gotten very messy and very sloppy, I do think that. Because in the beginning I actually thought good on Good Morning America, they’re saying that they’re not taking them off the air, two consenting adults.

She continued: But then the more you read, it’s just very messy. … It’s a sad situation because you’ve got kids involved, you’ve got families involved and I keep thinking about that. I’m very concerned about that.”

CNN anchor Don Lemon also chimed in with his thoughts on the office romance.

“I’ll say this, I know T.J., I worked with T.J. at CNN, so I have nothing but love for him and I hope that he’s OK,” Lemon said last week. “I don’t know about their situation, I’m not privy enough, but I just like to offer people love and support and I hope that they’re OK and hope that they continue to prosper.”

The saga began when Daily Mail published an explosive report revealing that Holmes and Robach were engaged in a “months-long” affair.

A source told Page Six that the pair began dating around March while they were both training for the New York City Half Marathon. In the months that followed, the two were caught in pictures hanging around town and taking trips together.

Both anchors were married to their spouses for 12 years, but both couples separated from their spouses in August, reports say.

In photos obtained by Daily Mail, Holmes and Robach were seen canoodling and drinking beers at a local NYC bar not far from an office where they work. Other photos show the pair packing items in a BMW to head to a trip at a tucked-away cottage in upstate New York. In one picture that has since gone viral, Holmes, who is married to an Atlanta-area lawyer, is seen cupping Roback’s butt cheek in his hand.  

One work colleague told Page Six that the pair had “gone to extreme lengths to hide their affair.”

“They have a very cozy relationship on air, but that is what is expected. But they were very careful behind the scenes to keep their affair secret. The producers at ‘GMA’ are shocked to hear they are having an affair,” the staffer said.

Anonymous sources told Daily Mail that the couple’s work colleagues were “buzzing about the intimacy between them” while they were in England in June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Since the news broke, both Holmes and Robach have been taken off the air.

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