Oprah Says Gayle King Is ‘Not Doing Well’ Post Death Threats Following Lisa Leslie Interview
“She is not doing well. May I say, she is not doing well,” a tearful Oprah said of her close friend Gayle King while breaking down into tears during an interview on the Today With Hoda and Jenna show.
The media mogul clutched her chest and she continued to explain exactly why King isn’t doing well following her controversial interview with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie where the news correspondent brought up the late Kobe Bryant’s 2003 dismissed sexual assault case, which angered many fans, celebrities included (Snoop Dogg, Lil Boosie, and 50 Cent).
“Because she has now death threats, and has to now travel with security. She feels very much attacked. Bill Cosby is tweeting from jail, and she feels that she was put in a really terrible position because that interview had already ran. And in the context of the interview, everyone seemed fine, including Lisa Leslie.”
As we previously reported, Snoop Dogg, Lil Boosie, and 50 Cent joined the myriad of people who have criticized King for bringing up what some say makes Bryant’s legacy “complicated.”
“Gayle King, you out of pocket for that [expletive]. Way out of pocket. What do you gain from that? I swear to God. We the worst. We the [epletive] worst. We expect more from you Gayle. Don’t you hang out with Oprah? Why y’all attacking us? We yo people,” Snoop Dogg said in a video that he shared on social media.
“You ain’t coming after [expletive] Harvey Weinstein asking them dumb [expletive] questions. I get sick of y’all. I want to call you one. Is it okay if I call her one? Funky dog head [expletive]! How dare you try to tarnish my [expletive] home boy’s reputation. Respect the family and back off, [expletive] before we come get you!”
“Gayle King, why the [expletive] would you ask some [expletive] like that, Lil Boosie askes In a video that he also uploaded to social media. “Ain’t that Oprah friend?” a woman asks in the background.
“I don’t give a [expletive] who friend it is. I don’t give a [expletive] if she’s some kin to [Barack] Obama or Oprah. Why the [expletive] would you do something like that? Why would you do that to your people? You know what people are going through right now. Why would you ask a [expletive] question like that trying to tarnish somebody’s image? You do that to your own black people,” Lil Boosie continued.
“You sad! I’m about to fire your [expletive] up! You said bro. Black people need to stop [expletive] trying to hurt black people for success. That’s the only reason you asked that [expletive] [expletive] for was to get your [expletive] numbers up. I don’t give a [expletive] who kin to!”
On Thursday (Feb. 6), King took to social media and addressed the criticism that she had received for the interview. “I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant, and I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me too. I am mortified. I am embarrassed. and I am very angry,” King said in a video that was uploaded to Youtube.
“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 about it. I started getting calls.”