Gayle King forgives Snoop Dogg for Kobe Bryant rant
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CBS anchor Gayle King has accepted Snoop Dogg’s apology for his threatening rant toward her last week in the aftermath of her coverage of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death, a report said Thursday.
“I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss,” King said a statement.
The journalist added that she, too, was sorry for adding to the distress fans felt after the legendary Laker’s death.
“As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times,” King said.
“I don’t always get it perfect but I’m constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity.”
The controversy started when King asked former WNBA star Lisa Leslie — a longtime friend of Bryant — about the Laker legend’s 2003 sexual assault charge in the wake of his death in California helicopter crash.
“It has been said that his legacy is complicated because of the sexual assault charge which was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you as a woman, a WNBA player?” King asked Leslie.
Leslie said her answer was “not complicated.”
“I just have never seen him as being the kind of person that would do something violating to a woman or be aggressive in that way,” she responded. “That’s just not the person I know.”
But the interview angered Bryant fans around the internet — including Snoop Dogg.
“Respect the family and back off, b—h, before we come get you,” he ranted.
Oprah Winfrey — King’s best friend — was visibly choked up when she spoke on “CBS This Morning” about death threats King received in the wake of Snoop’s barrage.
“She is not doing well,” Oprah said. “May I say, she is not doing well because, she now has death threats and have to now travel with security. She’s feeling very much attacked.”
The “Gin and Juice” rapper then issued a formal apology on Wednesday — prompted by his mother.
“Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions, being mad at questions you asked,” Snoop, 48, said in the Instagram post.
“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.”
Before apologizing Wednesday, the rap legend had seemingly somewhat defended his outrage, saying: “When I said what I said, I spoke for the people who felt like Gayle was very disrespectful towards Kobe Bryant and his family.”
With Post wires