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Oprah reveals her best friend Gayle has received death threats and has to travel with security over the backlash she’s received from her interview with Lisa Leslie.
The last few days the internet has been going IN on Gayle King who asked Lisa Leslie, a long time friend of Kobe Bryant about his rape case and whether she thought it would tarnish his legacy now that he’s gone. Many people felt the questions were inappropriate, insensitive and way too soon seeing as how it hasn’t even been two weeks since the tragic crash.
While on Today, with Hoda & Jenna, Oprah choked back tears saying “She is not doing well because she now has death threats and has to now travel with security. She is feeling very much attacked.” Gayle took to social media to apologize and explain that her words had been taken out of context. She said the clip had been deliberately manipulated by the network for added shock value, and added that her and Leslie had, “a wide-ranging interview covering a variety of topics.”
A rep for CBS admitted that the network did fail the long-time talk show host saying, “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. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made.”
Listen to Oprah’s comment’s below:
.@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