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Snoop Dogg Publicly Apologizes To Gayle King Over Threats


Gayle King Accepts Snoop Dogg's Apology

CBS news anchor Gayle King has formally accepted rapper Snoop Dogg's apology after he posted a video expressing remorse for threats he made after her interview with Lisa Leslie.

"I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss," she said in a statement to the Associated Press.

"As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times," King added. "I don't always get it perfect but I'm constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity."

During the interview with Leslie, King was criticized for pressing the WNBA star about Kobe Bryant's old rape case. Much like the rest of the viewing public, Snoop was upset and responded angrily. He later recanted after speaking to his mother.

"So with that being said: Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions... Me being angry at questions that you asked. [I] Overreacted. Should have handled it way different than that. I was raised better than that. So I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful," he said earlier this week.



"I didn't mean for it to be like that. I was just expressing myself for a friend that wasn't here to defend himself. A lot of people look up to me and they love me and they appreciate me, so I want to let them know that anytime you mess up, it's OK to fix it, it's OK to man up and say that you're wrong. I apologize. Hopefully, we can sit down and talk privately. Have a good day," he added.


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Oprah says her best friend Gayle King has received death threats over her Lisa Leslie interview about Kobe Bryant and his 2003 rape allegation

Snoop Dogg Publicly Apologizes To Gayle King Over Threats!!

Snoop Dogg has issued news anchor Gayle King with a public apology a week after he seemingly threatened her after she asked inappropriate questions about Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape case while interviewing Lisa Leslie.

In the video posted to Instagram, Snoop said that he regretted his "derogatory manner based off of emotions."

"I was raised way better than that," he said. "So, I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful."

The rapper shared that it was his mother who helped to open his eyes about his actions.

"I didn't mean for it to be like that. I was just expressing myself for a friend that wasn't here to defend himself," Snoop said. "A lot of people look up to me, and they love me, and they appreciate me, so I want them to know that any time you mess up, it's OK to fix it. It's OK to man up and say that you're wrong."

Was he right to apologize?

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Gayle King Slammed For Asking About Kobe Bryant's Rape Case During Lisa Leslie Interview

  • Oprah said Gayle King has not slept since her interview with Lisa Leslie earlier this week 
  • King had interviewed WNBA star Leslie about Kobe Bryant's life and his legacy 
  • The interview ran on CBS This Morning on Tuesday morning 
  • As part of it, she asked Lisa about the 2003 allegation against Bryant that he'd raped someone
  • The charges against him were dropped and he publicly apologized to the woman involved
  • Leslie said she thought it was inappropriate for it to be discussed after his death 
  • CBS This Morning uploaded that small portion of the interview to its Twitter feed as a promotion 
  • It sparked anger among Kobe Bryant fans who said King had been inappropriate and was trying to bait Leslie into condemning her late friend 
  • King lashed out at her own network yesterday, saying it had been taken out of context

Oprah choked back tears on Friday as she revealed her best friend Gayle King has received death threats over the fallout surrounding her interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie where she asked about the years-old rape allegation agains Kobe Bryant

King interviewed Leslie as part of a package for CBS This Morning where they discussed Bryant's basketball legacy and the tragedy of his recent death. 

At one point, she asked Leslie what her opinion was of the 2003 accusation against Bryant that he had raped a woman. He was never convicted - the charges against him were dropped - and he issued a public apology to the woman to say that while he thought their sex was consensual, he acknowledged she did not. 

A clip of King asking Leslie about it was posted on the CBS This Morning Twitter feed to promote the interview and drew the ire of celebrities like Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and even Bill Cosby, who tweeted about it from jail.  

King took to Instagram on Thursday to condemn her own network for uploading the clip 'out of context' and said they had deliberately chosen the 'most salacious part' of the interview.  

On Friday, Oprah appeared on Today with Hoda and Jenna where she said King now has to now travel with security because she is receiving so many threats. 

She added that she has not 'slept for two days' either.  

'She is not doing well. May I say she is not doing well because she has now death threats and has to now travel with security. 

Oprah fought tears on Friday as she said her best friend Gayle King is 'not OK' and does not feel safe walking down the street without security
King and Oprah have been best friends for years. Oprah said she had spoken to her on the phone over the last few days and said she is 'not doing well'

King and Oprah have been best friends for years. Oprah said she had spoken to her on the phone over the last few days and said she is 'not doing well' 

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.@Oprah emotionally responds to backlash her friend Gayle King received over King’s recent interview about Kobe Bryant with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie: “She is not doing well because she has now death threats.”

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'She's feeling very much attacked,' Oprah said, adding: 'Bill Cosby is tweeting from jail!' 

She went on to say that King feels as though she was placed in a 'terrible position'.  

'That interview had already ran. In the context of the interview, everyone seemed fine including Lisa Leslie and it was only because somebody at the network put up that clip.

'I can see how people would be obviously very upset if you thought that Gayle was trying to press to get an answer from Lisa Leslie. 

'Obviously, all things pass and she will be OK, but she hasn't slept in two days,' she said. 

She added: 'The vitriol is... anybody can criticize anything but the misogynist vitriol and the attacking to the point where it is dangerous to be in the streets alone.

'It's not just the people that are attacking it's the other people that take that message and feel that they can do whatever they want to because of it.' 

Oprah said she had spoken to her on the phone three times since it happened. 

'You stand in the gap and try to be there for your friends, but this is very hard. 

'When you have social media and the force of social media and particularly people who didn't see either interview, I think everybody has their opinion but to do it with such vitriol is hate and meanness,' she said.  

In the clip of the interview that sparked the outrage, King asks Leslie: 'It's been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge. Is it complicated for you as a woman, as a WNBA player?' 

'That's just not the person that I know,' Leslie said. 

King addressed the controversy in a video posted on social media on Thursday, saying CBS posted a 'salacious' clip that was 'taken out of context'. CBS responded hours later saying the excerpt 'did not reflect the nature and tone' of King's complete interview

King addressed the controversy in a video posted on social media on Thursday, saying CBS posted a 'salacious' clip that was 'taken out of context'. CBS responded hours later saying the excerpt 'did not reflect the nature and tone' of King's complete interview

Among those who tweeted criticism of King's line of questioning was rapper 50 Cent

Among those who tweeted criticism of King's line of questioning was rapper 50 Cent

Rapper Snoop Dogg posted a video to Instagram calling out Gayle King for her interview

Rapper Snoop Dogg posted a video to Instagram calling out Gayle King for her interview

On Instagram, Cosby took a hit at CBS for tarnishing 'the legacy of successful black men'

On Instagram, Cosby took a hit at CBS for tarnishing 'the legacy of successful black men'

'It's not complicated for me at all. Even if there's a few times that we've been at a club at the same time, Kobe's not the kind of guy, never been, like, 'Lis, go get that girl, or tell her, or send her this'. 

'I have other NBA friends that are like that. Kobe, he was never like that.'

King then probed further with her follow-up comments, saying: 'But Lisa, you wouldn't see it, though. As his friend, you wouldn't see it.'

'And that's possible,' Leslie said. 'I just don't believe that.' 

King asked if it was 'even a fair question to talk about' the accusation, 'considering he's no longer with us and that it was resolved,' or if it is 'really part of his history.'

Leslie said the media 'should be more respectful at this time.' 

'If you had questions about it, you've had many years to ask him that. I don't think it's something that we should keep hanging over his legacy.'


Gayle King defends herself for asking about Kobe Bryant rape case
Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa in 2003 at a press conference where he addressed the scandal

Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa in 2003 at a press conference where he addressed the scandal 

Among those who were critical of King's line of questioning was rapper 50 Cent. 

'What is this, wait somebody gotta help me understand why they keep doing this,' he wrote. 'I apologize for my language in advance let's talk about this.

The rapper posted a video clip in which he said: 'That's not complicated. You just said it was dismissed... Then how would you see it, Gayle? How the f*** would you see it, f***?'   

King hit back in an Instagram video on Wednesday night where she said she would have been angry too if she'd seen that clip. 

Leslie was a longtime friend of Bryant's, having known him since he was 18. In her Instagram video, King explained that she asked about the rape allegation because: 'I wanted to get Lisa's take on it as a friend, what she thought, where that should stand'

Leslie was a longtime friend of Bryant's, having known him since he was 18. In her Instagram video, King explained that she asked about the rape allegation because: 'I wanted to get Lisa's take on it as a friend, what she thought, where that should stand' 

'I am mortified, I am embarrassed, and I am angry. 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.' 

King revealed that she didn't know about the clip until she started receiving calls from people asking things like: 'What the hell are you doing?' and she had no idea what they were talking about.

She said she had been advised to 'say nothing, just let it go' and wait for the controversy to run its course.  

'But that's not good enough for me. Because I really want people to understand what happened here and how I'm feeling about it,' she said. 

King said her interview with Leslie, who had known Bryant since he was 18, was wide ranging and covered his career, his passion, his sense of humor and the 2003 rape allegation.   

'Yes, we talked about that court case because that court case has also come up [since his death],' King said as she defended asking the question.  

'I wanted to get Lisa's take on it as a friend, what she thought, where that should stand.' 

She said she asked several follow-up questions to ensure that Leslie's 'position and perspective were very clear'.  

'It was very powerful when she looked me in the eye, as a member of the media, to say it's time for the media to leave it alone and to back off,' King said. 

'I insisted that that part be in the interview, because I thought it put a nice button on that part of the conversation. 

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died last Sunday in a helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died last Sunday in a helicopter crash

'When the interview aired, we had a great reaction to it. I talked to Lisa last night and she was okay with the interview. I felt really good.

'So for the network to take the most salacious part, when taken out of context, and put it on the internet for people who didn't see the whole interview, is very upsetting to me. 

'That's something I'm going to have to deal with with them. There will be a very intense discussion.'

On Thursday, CBS said: 'Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant. An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview,' CBS said in a statement.

'We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made.'

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Gayle King Slammed For Asking About Kobe Bryant's Rape Case During Lisa Leslie Interview!!Gayle King is under fire from her viewers after the CBS This Morning anchor sat own with WNBA player Lisa Leslie and brought up his rape case during the sitdown.

"It's been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge which was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you, as a woman, as a WNBA player?" King asked Leslie.

"It's not complicated for me at all," Leslie said, adding that while other male basketball players tried to get her to play wing-man for them, Kobe was "not the kind of guy" - "Kobe, he was never like that. I just never see—I have ever seen him being the kind of person that would do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way. That's just not the person that I know," she told King.


But Kobe fans are upset that King would ask such a question so close after his death - and have been dragging her on social media.

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Gayle King had MANY years to ask Kobe Bryant about the whole sexual assault case from back in 2003/2004. Too soon for that bullshit. Let the legend Rest In Peace. Smh.

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Horace Towns@thehoracetowns

Gayle King and Oprah seem to go after certain stories without class , but ignore the stories involving their Hollywood friends. You bring up something about Kobe right after his death for ratings or relevance? Kobe Bryant has passed away and journalist lack class

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Chuck Weaver@ChuckWeaver723

Today in black history, the lynching of Kobe Bryant, who has passed away. But you see, the black lynch duo of Oprah and Gayle King are again making their rounds, trying to loop Lisa Leslie in, and Much props to Lisa for not allowing it to happen. Smfh https://twitter.com/lebandzjames3/status/1225057562338480132 

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I’m done with Gayle and Oprah. Y’all had all these years to ask Kobe questions and you wait till now? Where’s the Harvey Weinstein interview? Why do y’all hate black men so much? Shoutout to Lisa Leslie for shutting that BS down. “Is it fair to ask” b*tch u know it’s not fair F*!

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Nicole Perez@nicole_perez1

Me watching Gayle King try Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant in that interview....

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zakiyalateefah.co@im5foottwo

So Gayle King interviewed Lisa Leslie and bought up Kobe Bryant’s rape allegations in the interview and than man has only been dead less than a month. What a b****... she really tried to back her into a corner too with that question. How sickening...

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Comment by BIIGMANN on February 7, 2020 at 4:32pm
Gail & Oprah need some real dick!
Comment by vaughn mitchell on February 7, 2020 at 3:56pm
She trying to blame CBS, they did not put a gun to her head. She and Oprah, love doing that to dead black men. Hey I have a question for both if those Ratchets. Go find Kirk Douglas , and interview his family or friends and ask them about Kirk Douglas, rape case against 15 year old actress Natalie Wood. I bet her will be fired and she would never work in the entertainment industry again.
Comment by Bren on February 7, 2020 at 3:33pm
Idk why people upset with Oprah, it was Gayle asking all the questions that she should have left where they were. Buried!!! Why bring all this up and embarrass his girls. His wife forgave him for whatever happen. His daughters didn't need to hear that..
Comment by BIIGMANN on February 7, 2020 at 12:15am
Gail needs some BBC that's her & most of these critizing boring females need!
Comment by Edna Wyatt on February 6, 2020 at 11:27pm

Don’t try to clean it up now, Gayle!  YOU asked those questions!  The network didn’t make you look bad; you made yourself look bad!  I have no respect for Gayle and Oprah the way they’re going after Black Men!  Their careers were solid.  I’ll never understand them throwing Black Men under the bus. They’re silent on white men who are doing the same thing but going hard after Black Men - Smh. We are not here for the bs with either one of them.

Comment by Lu on February 6, 2020 at 9:30pm

Gayle is just like her best friend,  Black-Men Lynchers. Period 

Comment by vaughn mitchell on February 6, 2020 at 7:26pm
This low life, b****, she had her girlfriend, are lowest bunch of negro's in this country. Make it worse after she got death threats she want to blame CBS, like CBS, put a gun to her head. The won't interview the women that was rape by Weinstein, but love to go after black men. These women want black women to look up to them. None of them is married and only one have a man, who you hardly see. Bunch of scumbags.
Comment by kat wig on February 6, 2020 at 3:52pm

I cant believe this b****! F*** this b****! I'm very pleased with the way leslie handled it 

Comment by mr1stroke on February 6, 2020 at 3:01pm
One of the biggest house negro girl, the student of oprah what do you expect, i dont see her going after those white rapists

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