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Gayle King has graciously accepted rapper Snoop Dogg's apology, 2 weeks after he called her a "dog face b*tch" over her remarks about Kobe Bryant's 2003 sex case.

Snoop was forced to publicly apologize twice after he was threatened by no less than Barack Obama's former national security advisor, Susan Rice.

King, 65, came under fire when she interviewed former WNBA star Lisa Leslie and asked her if Bryant's alleged rape case affected his NBA legacy.

Bryant, 41, died tragically with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash last month.

Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort in 2003. The charges were dropped after the woman accepted an out-of-court settlement and refused to testify.

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By asking Leslie those probing questions, King was simply doing her job as a well-respected journalist.

Snoop, 48, released a video, dragging King and threatening to "come get" her.

The rapper, real name Calvin Broadus, Jr., later backtracked in a half-hearted apology video, saying he meant no harm to King.

But that wasn't enough for King's influential and powerful friends. They reminded the aging rapper that, with one phone call, they could end his career and send him into early retirement.

Snoop Dogg issued another video statement on Wednesday, this time he apologized profusely to King. He claimed his elderly mother made him see the error of his ways.

"Had a talk with my momma thank u mamma," he captioned the video. "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 the video, Snoop Dogg said he "overreacted". "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 should have handled it way different than that, I was raised way better than that, so I would like to apologize publicly for the language that I used and calling you out your name and just being disrespectful."

After enduring death threats and heavy public criticism for 2 weeks, King issued a statement to the Associated Press on Wednesday, saying she accepted Snoop Dogg's apology.

"I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss," she said.

"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."
 

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Marc Lamont Hill weighed in on the controversy surrounded embattled TV journalist Gayle King.

The "CBS This Morning" host was dragged on social media after she questioned former WNBA star Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape allegation.

Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash 2 weeks ago.

The backlash continued on Monday when King's supporters sent the hashtag #IStandWithGayle trending on Twitter.com.

King's bestie, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, broke down while explaining the stress King was under. "She's not doing well," Oprah said, while fighting back tears.

Rapper Snoop Dogg, 48, made the situation worse when he called her a "b*tch". His followers sent death threats to King on social media. King reportedly called out sick on Friday.

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In a special segment with theGrio, award-winning journalist, Marc Lamont Hill weighed in on the disrespect toward a 65-year-old, successful Black woman.

"[Snoop Dogg] talked about Black people doing the most harm to ourselves," said Hill. "He talked about what this might do to Kobe's family - all valid points. Even if you disagree with them, they're valid points. The issue for me comes in when Snoop also calls Gayle King a ‘funky, dog-face b*tch.' That crosses the line. That becomes misogyny; that becomes sexism."

Hill said King's question about the link between the rape allegation and Kobe's legacy was a fair one, but the timing of the question and the follow-up question went too far.

"You could see Leslie's face that she was uncomfortable," said Hill. "You could see that that follow up question [was] a little combative and I do think that it crossed the line."

He continued: "Remember, she's not interviewing a scholar, she's not interviewing an expert on sexual assault. She's interviewing a dear friend, days after a death, and to watch her have to even think about that question or to have to think on the spot about how to publicly reconcile how she thinks... or to make sense of that and articulate that at a moment's notice is not how you do journalism."

Hill said the level of disrespect for a Black woman also crossed the line.

"You can critique Snoop Dogg. You can critique Gayle King - we can have these conversations, but we have to do so in ways that humanize and not dehumanize," he said.

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The ongoing attacks on television journalist Gayle King sparked the hashtag #IStandWithGayle on Twitter.com on Sunday.

The drama started when CBS released a promo clip for King's interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, 47.

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King, 65, came under fire when she asked Leslie to comment on Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape allegation. Bryant, 41, died tragically with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash last month.

Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort. The charges were dropped after the woman accepted an out-of-court settlement and refused to testify.

Bryant released a statement acknowledging he may have submitted the teenager to sexual activity without her consent.

Rapper Snoop Dogg incurred the wrath of intellectuals and women's rights advocates when he threatened King, which encouraged his followers to make death threats against King.

Snoop later backtracked, saying he meant no harm to King. Snoop, who was acquitted of murder, added he is "non-violent".

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Oprah Winfrey broke down in tears while discussing her bestie Gayle King's troubles on Friday.

King, 65, was heavily criticized and "cancelled" on social media in response to a video clip of her interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie.

Winfrey, 66, choked up during an appearance on "Today" with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. She described the harsh backlash against King, who asked Leslie if Kobe Bryant's NBA legacy would be "complicated" by old rape allegations from 2003.

"She's not doing well," Winfrey said as she teared up. "She is not doing well because she now has death threats and has to travel with security. She is feeling very much attacked."

Winfrey was referring to the savage online bullying fueled by rude rappers such as Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent, and even NBA star LeBron James.

King said she planned to have intense discussions with CBS over their choice of promos clips.

"I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very 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. I didn't even know anything about it."

CBS was quick to respond to King's allegations on Thursday.

"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."

 

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Gayle King lashed out at CBS editors over a promo clip in which she asked the late Kobe Bryant's friend, former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, to comment on his rape accusation.

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

Leslie said the allegations were a "non-issue" for her and that the Bryant she knew would never lust after other women in her presence.

"But Lisa, you wouldn't see it though. As his friend, you wouldn't see it," King persisted.

The 65-year-old co-host of CBS This Morning was shocked and saddened by the public's ferocious response to the clip, which she claimed was "totally taken out of context."

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In videos uploaded to her Instagram and Twitter accounts on Thursday, an exhausted King said:

"I've been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant, and I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I'd be extremely angry with me too. I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very 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."

King said she was persistent with the former WNBA star because she "wanted to make sure [Leslie's] position and perspective were very clear."

She was furious that CBS chose to post that clip without her knowledge.

"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 was very upsetting to me," she said. "That's something I am going to have to deal with with them."

King emphasized she didn't "intend" to offend the Bryant family, because she viewed Kobe as a friend.

"He was very kind and warm to me and I felt we had a friendly relationship. I too am mourning his loss like anybody else. I still am shocked by it. It's tragic and untimely and the last thing I would want to do is disparage him at this particular time."

CBS was quick to respond to King's allegations that they intentionally hung her out to dry to boost TV ratings.

In a statement to E! News, a CBS spokesperson seemed to confirm King's statement. The spokesperson said "changes have already been made".

"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."

 

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Gayle King lashed out at executives at CBS over a promo clip in which she asked the late Kobe Bryant's friend, former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, to comment on his rape accusation.

The NBA legend was killed in a helicopter crash at the age of 41 last month, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.

King believes CBS set her up by releasing the promo clip over dozens of other clips they could have used.

In the clip, King asked Leslie if she thought the rape allegation "complicated" Bryant's legacy.

Bryant was charged with sexual assault after he had consensual sex with a promiscuous 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort in 2003.

The charge was later dismissed as a criminal complaint but settled as a civil case in 2005.

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

Leslie said the allegations were a "non-issue" for her and that the Bryant she knew would never lust after other women in her presence.

"It's not complicated to me at all, Leslie said. "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.'"

"But Lisa, you wouldn't see it though. As his friend, you wouldn't see it," King persisted.

The snippet was part of a wider interview with Leslie, but was the only clip CBS released online.

Predictably, Bryant's fans attacked King over the "disrespectful" line of questioning. The backlash was furious on social media. Many attacked King and her association with media mogul Oprah, who recently cancelled a planned documentary on sexual misconduct allegations against Russell Simmons.

Angry Bryant fans even went IN on King's wig.
 

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Taking to Instagram, a somber-looking King responded: "I've been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant, and I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I'd be extremely angry with me too."

King continued: "I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very 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. I didn't even know anything about it."

Honoring Bryant as "warm and friendly", King insisted there will be "a very intense discussion" between her and CBS about her future celebrity interviews going forward.
 

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Oprah Winfrey's bestie Gayle King came under fire for comments she made about the late NBA star Kobe Bryant, who died tragically with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash last month.

King was heavily criticized for asking about Bryant's rape accusation during her CBS This Morning interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie.

Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort in 2003. The charges were later dropped after the woman accepted an out-of-court settlement and declined to pursue charges against the Lakers star.

During the interview, King asked Leslie about the rape allegations against Bryant and whether or not they "complicate" his NBA legacy.

Leslie said the allegations were a "non-issue" for her and that the Bryant she knew would never lust after other women in her presence.

"It's not complicated to me at all, Leslie said. "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.'"

Leslie added that she knows other NBA stars who are dogs like that, but not Bryant.

After the interview aired, King received backlash from furious social media users who accused her of trying to smear Bryant's legacy.

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