Oprah Winfrey reveals Gayle King has been receiving death threats over Kobe Bryant question


During an appearance on Today with Hoda & Jenna Oprah opened up on how Gayle King has been doing since the backlash on that Lisa Leslie interview where she asked about Kobe Bryant.

If you somehow missed it, Gayle King sat down with WNBA star Lisa Leslie recently for an interview. The whole interview with Leslie was wide-ranging about Kobe Bryant’s legacy and his death.

However, after CBS This Morning put up a short clip of the interview that included King questioning Leslie over Bryant’s rape case from 2003. It caused a lot of backlash and Oprah revealed that her friend hasn’t been doing well with the situation, especially given the death threats she’s received.

“She is not doing well,” Oprah quickly got emotional when talking about King. “She has now death threats and has to now travel with security and she’s feeling very much attacked.”

Backing up King’s own responses to the incident, Oprah said that her friend feels like she was put in a really terrible position by CBS.

“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. And I can see how people would obviously be very upset if you thought that Gayle was just trying to press to get an answer from Lisa Leslie,” Oprah further explained.

In King’s own response to the backlash, she was clearly upset with how the network handled the whole situation.

In a video she uploaded online King said, “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.”

She seemed to make it clear that she planned to have a serious discussion with them about how it was all handled.

Watch Orpah and King’s responses to the situation below:

What do you think about the backlash Gayle King has had to deal with?

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