On Friday, Gayle King released her first words since rapper Snoop Dogg apologized for his "disrespectful" messages toward her.
In a statement to “Extra,” King said, “I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss. I’m deeply sorry that questions I asked added to that pain. That was never my intention.”
She added, “As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times. I don’t always get it perfect but I'm constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity.”
Over a week ago, Snoop expressed his strong disapproval of King after seeing a clip of her “CBS This Morning” interview, in which she brought up Kobe Bryant’s 2003 court case to Lisa Leslie. Gayle defended herself, pointing out that the clip was “totally taken out of context.” She added, “For the network to take the most salacious part, when taken out of context, and put it up online for people who didn't see the whole interview is very upsetting to me and that’s something I’m going to have to deal with, with them. There will be a very intense discussion about that."
In a new Instagram video, Snoop apologized to Gayle, saying, “When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it. 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 the questions that you asked. 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 went on. "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 okay to fix it, it’s okay to man up and say that you’re wrong. I apologize. Hopefully we can sit down and talk privately."
The caption for Snoop’s video read, “Had a talk with my momma thank u mamma. 2 wrongs don’t make it right time to heal. @gayleking Peace n love Praying for u and your family as well as Vanessa and the kids." In his original video, Snoop made it clear that he was upset with Gayle, saying, “How dare you try to tarnish my motherf**king homeboy's reputation… Respect the family and back off.”
Big names, like Oprah Winfrey, Amy Schumer, and former national security advisor Susan Rice, have shown their support for Gayle, who has received death threats after Snoop's comments.
Along with revealing that Gayle was not “doing well,” Oprah told “Today” host Hoda Kotb last week, “Anybody can criticize anything, but the misogynist vitriol, and the attacking to the point where it is dangerous to be in the streets alone because... it's not just the people who are attacking, it's the other people who take that message and feel like they can do whatever they want to because of it."
.@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.” pic.twitter.com/M8HrCp8vTr— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) February 7, 2020
Schumer wrote on Instagram, “I stand fiercely with @gayleking one of the most beloved journalists, mothers and friends of our time. However you feel about her interview, her receiving serious death threats is disgustingly unfair and unacceptable.”