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Gayle King Recalls a Funny Childhood Story About ‘Uncle Marty’

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Some might not be aware, but CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King grew up in Turkey, and she recalled a funny, fictional story from her childhood there during an appearance last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
And it has to do with Martin Luther King Jr.
King: You guys will like this. There was a time when Martin Luther King Jr. was on the cover of Time magazine and, you know, I'm a little kid. I was, like, in fourth grade, and they said something about Martin Luther King, and i said, "Oh, my uncle Marty!" The teacher said, "Martin Luther King Jr. is your uncle?" And i said "Yes!" So when my parents came for the parent-teacher conference, my teacher said, "Oh my god, Mr. King, it's an honor to meet you. The work your brother is doing…" And my father is going: "Beauregard and Jerome?" My teacher then said, "No, Martin Luther King Jr." My parents just sat there in stunned silence. Of course, I got in trouble. That was my first introduction about it's not good to lie!"
King's CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson came up in conversation. Colbert is also friends with Dickerson, referred to him as a "choir boy" because of his blue eyes and blond hair. "See you call him a 'choir boy,' Stephen, but John Dickerson is a little mischievous and likes to play," quipped King. Colbert disclosed that Dickerson "likes a cocktail," and King said she is aware that he and Colbert have had some "libations" together.
"He has been great, and I think he has been a really nice addition to us," said King.
King and Colbert also discussed the network's upcoming Royal Wedding coverage, featuring American Meghan Markle, and "grown ass man" Prince Harry (King's words), as well as King's new book Note to Self, which she said is based on a popular CBS This Morning segment.


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