Gayle King Recalls Finding Her Ex-Husband, William Bumpus, in Bed With Another Woman

Gayle King
Gayle King arrives at the 45th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Feb. 22, 2014, in Pasadena, CA. Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.com

Gayle King didn't hold back when talking about her ex-husband, William Bumpus, and his past affair during a new interview with Vanity Fair. The CBS This Morning host recalled the cheating scandal when asked who she despises most in the world.

"'Despise' is a strong word," King, 61, said. "I'm not a huge fan of the woman I caught naked with my now ex-husband on June 24, 1990, at 9:16 p.m. – but I don't remember the details."

King ended her 11-year marriage to Connecticut-based lawyer Bumpus in 1993. (The pair are parents of two adult children, daughter Kirby and son Will.) Back in 2006, King briefly opened up about the split while interviewing Will Smith, who was gushing over his marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith at the time.

"I was married to a cheater," Gayle told Smith on her SiriusXM radio show. "I went to marital counseling. I have been divorced since 1993, so I'm all healed and everything. I have worked it out. I'm not bitter. I'm OK. I'm really OK."

King has since kept in contact with Bumpus for the sake of their kids. "It's so important for people who have children together to get along," she added to Smith. "Regardless of how you feel about the other as a spouse, you still have these children to raise together."

Despite the heartbreak, King — who says she's "genuinely happy" — is open to finding love again. Qualities she looks for in a partner are "height and depth" and a "good sense of humor." When asked who the greatest love of her life is, she quipped: "I’ll let you know just as soon as I meet him."

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