ABC's Gibson "Unnerved" by the Size of His $7 Million Salary

<p><img hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="media/2006-03-10-ABCGMAGibson.jpg" />Friday’s <em>Good Morning America</em> devoted a segment to something called &quot;bubble-sitting&quot; in which homeowners sell their home, rent an apartment and hope for real estate prices to decline so they can buy back into the market at a lower price. Charlie Gibson was about to explain why he prefers owning to renting when <em>GMA</em>’s real estate contributor, Barbara Corcoran, zinged the modest Gibson. </p><p>Charlie Gibson: &quot;I must say I'm an advocate of ownership, because I think there's a certain--&quot;</p><p>Barbara Corcoran: &quot;That's because you're rich, you can buy a good home. (laughter) It's true.&quot;</p><!--break--><p>Gibson: &quot;Well, I'm very fortunate in that I can--&quot;</p><p>Corcoran: &quot;Very fortunate.&quot;</p><p>Gibson: &quot;It's all relative. But, but, but there's a certain psychic comfort in having, in walking into a place and saying 'I own this, it's mine.' It's not the bank's, it's not some guy down the street that I'm sending a check for, you know, a few hundred thousand dollars to every month. It's mine. So, I gather in this whole thing, you've unnerved me.&quot;</p><p>Corcoran: &quot;I'm so sorry.&quot;</p><p>Gibson managed to finish his question: &quot;In the overall scope of things you're, you’re not a believer in this bubble, bubble business?&quot;</p><p>About 20 minutes later, Claire Shipman continued the joke as a transition out of the 8:00 news segment, &quot;<em>Forbes</em> magazine is out with its list of the world's billionaires....And, Charlie, I guess if we're to believe Barbara Corcoran you're almost on that list.&quot;</p><p>Robin Roberts: &quot;Claire, you were paying attention. (to Charlie) You are not going to be able to live that down.&quot;</p><p>A red-faced Gibson begged: &quot;Let's get right to the weather.&quot;</p><p>So how much money does it take to embarrass Charlie? According to <a href="http://newyorkmetro.com/guides/salary/14497/index1.html">New York Magazine</a> he was paid $7 million in 2005. He’s listed ninth from the bottom.</p>