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Gayle King leaves Oprah Winfrey Network for 'The Early Show'

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Gayle King has quit her Oprah Winfrey Network talkshow in order to prepare for her new role as a co-host on The Early Show.

CBS announced this week that King, Erica Hill and PBS host Charlie Rose will begin anchoring The Early Show in January 2012.

King's new responsibilities have forced her to resign from her radio programme on best friend Oprah Winfrey's satellite radio channel and her televised OWN interview show.

OWN's presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan have wished King well and insisted that there are no hard feelings over departure.

"We are so happy for Gayle's opportunity of a lifetime. Although her show will not continue on OWN, we look forward to her joining us from time to time as her schedule allows," Salata and Logan said in a joint statement.

The struggling Early Show has made many changes to its anchor chairs over its 13-year history, with Harry Smith, Bryant Gumbel and Julie Chen all helming the show at various points.

The Early Show airs weekdays from 7am EST on CBS.

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