UPDATE: Gayle King is a journalist, magazine editor and now a grandma!
During the Sept. 20 episode of CBS This Morning, the 66-year-old co-host announced that her daughter Kirby Bumpus welcomed her first child, a son named Luca Lynn Miller, with husband Virgil Miller last week. Gayle explained that the child's middle name is a tribute to Virgil's late brother. "Virgil lost his brother earlier this year," she said, "so little Luca has his uncle's middle name."
And it looks like the family members already have a nickname for the newborn, too. "His initials…are LLM," Gayle continued, "so we already call him LL Mill."
All in all, the morning show star is thrilled to be a grandma. "You know, I've wanted to be a grandmother for a long time," Gayle, who is also mom to son Will Bumpus Jr., said. "And it's really something when you see your own child become a parent. I am so nuts about him."
You can practically feel the joy radiating off the soon-to-be grandma through the screen.
During the April 28 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Gayle King brought some good news with her that she couldn't wait to share—with her daughter, Kirby Bumpus's permission, of course.
"Ellen I have to tell you this," Gayle told host Ellen DeGeneres. "Right before I came on the air, I said, ‘Kirby, you know, I'm doing Ellen today, can I tell Ellen?' Ellen, she's pregnant. She is pregnant!"
Gayle, still reveling in the happy news, continued, "We haven't told anybody because I've been sworn to secrecy but she's told all of her friends this past weekend. So, she said I could tell you. I'm gonna be a grandmother and I can't wait!"
Of course, now that Kirby and husband, Virgil Miller, are expecting their first child, the CBS This Morning host—she shares Kirby with ex William Bumpus—is eager to brainstorm baby names. "I've been keeping a list of baby names," she said. "At the time, this was even before she got married."
But before they can decide on a moniker, Gayle needs one for herself. "So Ellen, this is the thing," Gayle shared. "I need to come up with cool grandma names…I want something that's cool."
And while she confirmed the baby will be due sometime in September, she didn't reveal the sex—but said she's hoping for a grandson.
"It's just my own little fantasy," Gayle, who admitted she's always wanted an older brother, shared. "Born out of nothing."
We hope to see Gayle reveal more precious details as the time nears!
(This story was originally published April 28, 2021 at 6:22 a.m. PST).