Bryant Gumbel can start sleeping in again: Gumbel is leaving CBS and his position as host of The Early Show. "After more than 17 years of hosting a morning news program, I feel it's time for me to move on and do something else with my life," he said in a statement. The timing of Gumbel's exit from The Early Show has yet to be determined. Gumbel joined CBS in 1997 after 25 years at NBC. He spent 15 of those years as host of the Today show.