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Who is Gayle King’s former husband? Meet William Bumpus

Bruno Cooke January 18, 2021
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Who was Gayle King’s husband of 11 years, William Bumpus? The CBS This Morning co-host began trending on Twitter a few days ago following a conversation with so-called “Soho Karen” Miya Ponsetto, which brought renewed viewer curiosity about King’s personal life.

Meet Gayle King’s ex-husband, William Bumpus

Born in 1954 in Greenwich, London, Bumpus attended Central Connecticut State University, and later went to Yale to study law.

His most senior role to date was as the assistant attorney general of Connecticut.

Bill Bumpus became Gayle King’s husband in 1982.

They have two children together – a son, William Bumpus Jr, and a daughter, Kirby Bumpus – whom they co-parent.

Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

However, the pair divorced in 1993 after 11 years of marriage.

Why did King and Bumpus divorce?

Completing Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire in 2016, King alluded to the reason for their divorce

Asked whom in the world she most dislikes, she answered: “I’m not a huge fan of the woman who I caught naked with my now ex-husband on June 24, 1990, at 9:16 pm, but I don’t remember the details.”

Bumpus responded to the allusion and, via a spokesperson, released a statement to website Entertainment Tonight.

His statement read: “I have been haunted with this life altering choice.”

“Though I have dealt with this privately, I publicly apologise for the major transgression that dramatically changed all of our lives.”

King later spoke about the separation on an episode of her XM Satellite Radio Show, with guest Will Smith. She told Smith: “I have worked it out. I’m not bitter. I’m OK. I’m really OK.”

What is Bill Bumpus’ net worth?

According to Biographypedia, Bumpus’ net worth is over $20 million. The site states that he earned his wealth during a successful career as a lawyer.

Another source claims that, as of 2020, Bumpus has a net worth of about $22 million.

However, both of the above are estimates, and could be inaccurate.

Why is Gayle King trending on Twitter?

A week ago, King interviewed Miya Ponsetto on CBS This Morning. 

According to CNN, Ponsetto, 22, falsely accused Keyon Harold Jr, a 14-year-old black teen, of stealing her phone.

Jr’s father, jazz trumpeter Keyon Harold, caught the incident on camera, and it went viral.

During the interview with Gayle King, Ponsetto claimed that, because she is a woman of colour, she cannot be racist.

The exchange soon picked up hundreds of thousands of Likes on Twitter.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or