“CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King is fed up with the coronavirus pandemic, she told “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday.
“I’m so tired or tired and I’m afraid of this,” she said. “I think we all need to understand how we can live our life and navigate it. And that’s where I am.”
King and Colbert both agreed they wanted to “be good” at complying with COVID rules and regulations, but the follow-up left them “exhausted.” Before the show, King revealed to Colbert that she was fully vaccinated before giving him a hug to which Colbert replied, “It doesn’t matter.”
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“Well, if your test is positive… I have to stop the show,” he backtracked.
“And there are so many breakthroughs already, so I’m worried about that,” she replied.
The TV personality expressed gratitude to CBS for regularly testing employees, even though the potential of the company’s contingency plan to send workers home under lockdown haunts her.
“I’d much rather run around Times Square naked than come home,” she said. “Naked buck! That’s my favorite thing to do.”
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Several liberal journalists appeared to change their thinking on coronavirus mandates and lockdowns following the authorities’ response to the omicron variant. CNN’s Brian Stelter, for example, was among the media figures who recently questioned whether more school closures would do more harm than good.
“Since hearing about the school closures, we have collectively taken action to protect seniors in 2020,” he said last month. “Now, shouldn’t we be doing more to protect children by allowing them to lead normal lives? Are we really going to let the children suffer even more? “
Chris Hayes of MSNBC also used King’s word, “exhaustion,” to describe how many Americans must be feeling the new wave of coronavirus orders, while likening the virus to the flu.
“The flu, of course, can still be dangerous… but we don’t focus our lives around the flu,” Hayes said. “So that’s closer to the level of risk 200 million Americans … are now facing,” he said, adding that the “sheer exhaustion” of Americans had altered “pandemic policy.”