Gayle King is ‘tired of being scared’ and is taking ‘baby steps’ back into the world


Gayle King has taken the super serum and is ready to lead the Avengers. Or at least go out for dinner. While appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Gayle said since she’s received her shots, she’s excited about being able to go back out into the world. But she’s not planning on kissing booths and mosh pits right away, Gayle said she’s taking reentry in baby steps, like a fully vaccinated, masked section at a Brooklyn Nets game. She said her biggest motivation for getting back out there is she’s “tired of being scared.”

Gayle King is grateful for her COVID-19 vaccination.

The CBS This Morning co-host appeared virtually on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday when the TV personalities reflected on her last appearance a year ago at the height of the pandemic. King, 66, spoke about the sense of freedom she feels now that she received her COVID-19 vaccine.

“I was so afraid to leave the house, you’re right,” she recalled. “We were broadcasting from here, so I’d literally go from my bedroom to the TV room to the kitchen to the bedroom to the TV room. For excitement I’d go stand in the living room and wave at the birds! ‘Hi, birds! Hi!’ I was so afraid.”

“But now, Stephen, I am vaccinated,” said King. “It is my superpower. I am vaccinated. … I’m taking little baby steps [back into the world].”

King later added, “Here’s the thing: I’m tired of being scared. Honestly. I’ve been so afraid, hunkered down here at home. I’m tired of being scared.”

[From People]

Like Gayle, I’m tired of being scared too and I don’t live half the life Gayle does. I got so tired of our one option for leaving the house being going for a drive. And I live along the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the most scenic drives in the world. Gayle said she almost cried at the Nets game, just being back out among people. Plus, she has her first grandchild on her way. Her daughter Kirby is expecting her a baby in the fall. I’ll bet the threat of not being able to meet her grandbaby was weighing on Gayle. She has so much to look forward to, we all do, and to be able to think about doing it safely is freeing. Yes, we should all take it slowly and with our own comfort level. But pandemic fatigue has weighed on us in so many ways. To finally have some of that lifted feels so nice.

I become activated tomorrow (both shots, 14 days out). Technically my state is not reopened yet so I have a few more weeks before I can walk forth in my full vaccinated glory. I have no idea what I plan to do, though. We were just discussing Father’s Day plans and when I brought up that technically that would be the first holiday after California reopened, we immediately decided to stay home to avoid traffic. So it will be business as usual at Hecate Temple. But there is a huge difference between staying inside because you’re terrified of going outside and staying in the backyard because the 405 is a nightmare.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    YES there is such a difference between staying home bc its going to be crowded and insane and staying home because of a pandemic. One makes you feel in control, the other does not.

    Hasn’t Gayle been going into the studio though? Or is her at-home set up just fancy enough that it looks like their studio? I don’t watch morning shows regularly so I just see the clips that get circulated on twitter. I’m guessing she’s just been at home but the background etc look like the studio?

  2. Southern Fried says:

    Holy moly look at those sparkly penis balloons!

  3. Astrid says:

    We’ve opened up where I live. I’ve been vaccinated for a while. And then yesterday I went to my eye doctor for the first time in over a year and then out for dinner afterwards and masks were still “required” to be fully on the entire time at the doctor and for entering and leaving the restaurant. So in theory, we’re open but the reality is still masks for certain situations. Which is fine by me.

  4. Case says:

    I’ve been fully vaccinated since late March, but I’m only now getting to this point where I feel like I’m “tired of being scared” too. I don’t want to travel or anything like that, but I’m ready to see my friends more frequently and try eating outdoors. At some point I have to trust I’m well protected with my Pfizer and that there’s more risk in driving a vehicle than there is in doing some activities post-vax.

  5. lisa says:

    I dont feel scared but some things dont feel smart. im fully vaccinated but certain events/places in my county where we have more unvaccinated than vaccinated people are just unappealing to me.

  6. Southern Fried says:

    The top pic, I just know I’d have a good time hanging out with Gayle.

  7. MaryContrary says:

    We met friends for dinner last night for the first time in over a year. When we all hugged, I got teary. We still sat outside-not ready for indoor dining yet-but it was so incredibly normal and wonderful. We’re also making plans to fly to see my parents who we haven’t seen since November 2019.

  8. Dee Kay says:

    I recently decided NOT to get tix to a big outdoor music festival this fall. My H and I are both vaccinated but it just doesn’t feel safe. However, we are going out to brunches and dinners with friends and family at restaurants with outdoor dining, that is a HUGE big step for us, we basically didn’t see anyone from December through April. I am like Gayle, I am tired of *not* doing things, and intend to get out there more this summer. It’s weird to have to make a resolve to do that but that’s what I’m doing.

  9. Lisa says:

    we were vaccinated at the end of March. Plus we both had a very bad bout of COVID in January, husband was hospitalized in ICU, and I should have but didn’t want both of us to be in the hospital. It took a good 6 weeks of recovery.

    I still have a hard time going out in public. my state is completely open now, but many stores are asking to use your mask. I still wear a mask inside where I am I around unfamiliar people. I just don’t want to get sick again.

    But I am tired of being scared too. Husband and I were visiting our local lodge, we were outside and I was having a panic attack being around so many people that I had not seen in over a year. This is not normal. and I think it will take a while for everyone to get back to whatever ‘normal’ is.