Gayle King Addresses Backlash Over Kobe Bryant Comments, Says She Is “Mortified”

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Social media had a field day dragging journalist and CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King after the now viral interview that she conducted with WNBA star Lisa Leslie.

During the interview, King pressed Leslie about the 2003 Kobe’s rape allegations and whether or not she felt that the allegations would affects his legacy. While Leslie appeared taken aback by King’s question, she meticulously dodged the persistent interviewer, proclaiming that she had never known the late athlete to harm anyone, let alone rape them.

As the interview hit the internet, fans and fellow celebrities began to unrelentlessly drag King, claiming that she was attempting to tarnish Kobe’s good name by bringing up what as long been hailed as false sexual allegations. Boosie and Snoop Dogg were amongst many in the hip-hop community to criticize King and her pal Oprah Winfrey for the way they scrutinize black men as opposed to white.

“We expect more from you Gail. Don’t you hang out with Oprah? Why y’all attacking us?” Snoop asked in an angry IG video.

Thursday, King took to Twitter to address the comments, saying that she is “mortified” by the clip that CBS released of the interview, saying that she was blindsided by the network.

“Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview — totally taken out of context — and when you see it that way, it’s very jarring. It’s jarring to me. I didn’t even know anything about it.”

King’s explanation only appeared to further infuriate social media users who began the roasting once more. 

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