Gayle King gave serious consideration to adopting at one point.
That ultimately didn’t happen, but the “CBS This Morning” co-anchor revisits the topic by hosting the 22nd annual edition of that network’s “A Home for the Holidays” special Sunday, Dec. 20. As usual, the hour merges musical performances with several true stories of families who have taken in new members; this year’s singing guests are current Grammy Award nominee Miranda Lambert, Josh Groban, Meghan Trainor, “Hamilton” Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. and Andrea Bocelli.
King foresees a bigger response to “A Home for the Holidays” this year. “I just feel there’s a special poignancy to anything that makes you feel good,” she reflects. “We are all so COVID-weary, we’re tired of the nastiness of politics, we have an economic crisis, we have a racial crisis in this country … so when you can find anything that smacks of goodness, you take it.”
Celebrity adoptees such as Faith Hill and Kristin Chenoweth have been involved in ” A Home for the Holidays” previously. “I have a son and daughter who are 33 and 34,” King notes, “and after I had them, I said to my now-ex-husband, ‘There are so many children that we could give a good home to.’ I really wanted to adopt a baby — a Black child, because at the time, they were really hard to find homes for. But he said, ‘I just don’t think I could love an adopted child as much as I love my own.’
“I never saw that as an issue,” King recalls, “and though I appreciated his candor, I didn’t think it would be fair to bring a child into that situation. I was definitely open to it, though.”
While the four stories told in the newest “A Home for the Holidays” all have Los Angeles as their common backdrop, adoption obviously is a universal subject. “This is about looking for good stories,” reasons King. “These will take your heart and squeeze it when you watch. I think so many of us take our forever families for granted. There is a child out there who would kill to have a parent or a sibling who got on their nerves. Everybody wants to belong.”
Having delivered so much world-shaking news almost daily lately, King admits that she deems 2020 to have been “exhausting. I’ve been telling people that I’ve found it spiritually and emotionally draining, and I mean that. On many different levels.
“On the other hand, I look at families that have become closer than ever because they’re forced to stay home and engage with one another, so some good things have come out of this year. They really have.”
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