Gayle King Reveals Her Dating Red And Green Flags And That One Thing She Craves About Black Men

She also admitted that it's difficult in the dating pool because she believes men are intimidated by her.

The dating scene can be slim pickings, ask anyone on the market. But for Gayle King, it’s exceptionally challenging.

As a powerhouse, waving a single flag can be risky. And according to the "CBS Mornings" co-host, it’s been “difficult.”

On the latest episode of "The Pivot” podcast co-hosted by former NFL stars Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder Jr., and Fred Taylor that dropped on Tuesday (Jan. 23), King revealed it is challenging dating, given her high-profile career and mass success. She also said it hasn’t been easy because of her preference for the brothas, while suggesting cultural differences of some of her non-Black suitors.

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“I really am attracted to men of color, I just am.” 

After that, she opened up about a unique thing she enjoys hearing Black men say. “I love how Black men say [expletive] baby,” she revealed.

OK, Gayle!!! We know that’s right.

“Nobody says it like ya’ll,” she continued.

While she couldn’t explain why she loves it so much, King confessed that she also adores hearing a man initiate a conversation with a woman he is involved with by saying, “Hey baby.”

“It’s something about how a Black man says that. I’m attracted to that.”

King also made it clear that while she likes curse words in moderation, she steers clear of those who have a foul, potty mouth, adding, “Sometimes a well-delivered curse word is very intelligent to me.”

But that’s not all. She went on to drop her dating green flags. “What really is most attractive to me is a sense of humor, kindness, somebody you can take to the White House and the backyard barbecue, intelligence really matters to me, [and] proper grammar really matters to me.”

As a daily on-air figure, we understand where she is coming from, but not all of her dating adventures have met this standard. She told a story about a date when a man wanted to cook “a mean” shrimp scampi for her. The problem was that he mispronounced shrimp as skrimp

Come on, bruh! WKYFL!!!

Additionally, she said many of her dating pains are due to the intimidation potential mates feel toward her. “What’s difficult is when people say you are so intimidating,” while she recounted a story of a friend who told her that she made him feel intimidated based on her footwear and her friendship with Oprah Winfrey. “I can’t compete with that,” King remembered him telling her. 

Still, for her, it’s not a game of who has more, or less. 

“My thing is that it is not a matter of competing. I’m not looking for someone to compete [with].”

She continued, “You want somebody who has a sense of humor, who’s very secure, who’s not intimidated by whatever all of this is, that just sees you for you.”

She also shared a story of a date gone wrong when a man asked her for $4000. “I was crushed,” said King because the man –whose identity she did not disclose– was successful, and making six figures. When she asked what the money would be used for, he said it would go towards a child support payment and new furniture, while promising to pay her back.

After his explanation, the TV journalist gave him a check for the requested amount and he kept his end of the bargain and repaid her.

Still, that moment shifted the dynamic in their relationship. 

“I didn’t feel the same,” adding “It just changed the relationship for me.”

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