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  • The revelation occurred during a live segment of King’s daily show “Inside Politics” focusing on vaccine mandates.
  • “I’m grateful my employer says all these amazing people who work on the floor, who came in here for the last 18 months when we were doing this, were vaccinated,” King added.
  • “I don’t like the government telling me what to do. I don’t like my boss telling me what to do,” he said. “In this case, it’s important.”

CNN anchor John King revealed he has multiple sclerosis while on the air Tuesday. 

The revelation occurred during a live segment of King’s daily show “Inside Politics” focusing on vaccine mandates. King disclosed his diagnosis while discussing former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s death due to COVID-19 complications. 

Powell, who was vaccinated, was immunocompromised as he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that makes it difficult to fight off viruses. King stressed the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations to immunocompromised people. 


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“I’m going to share a secret I’ve never spoken before: I’m immunocompromised. I have multiple sclerosis. So I’m grateful you’re all vaccinated,” King said

“I’m grateful my employer says all these amazing people who work on the floor, who came in here for the last 18 months when we were doing this, were vaccinated,” he added. 

“I don’t like the government telling me what to do. I don’t like my boss telling me what to do,” he said. “In this case, it’s important.” 

King went on to say he is still nervous about bringing COVID-19 home to his 10-year-old son, who cannot yet receive the vaccine.


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Published on Oct 19, 2021