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Many are at a loss for words after viewing Tamron Hall's exclusive interview with disgraced Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum that aired on Monday's season 2 premiere of Tamron Hall's show.

Gillum was joined by his wife, R. Jai Gillum, who explained why she accepted Gillum's marriage proposal even after he told her he was male-oriented.

Gillum was caught nude in a South Beach hotel room with a naked male escort in March.

Gillum said he and his wife were in Miami that weekend to attend a friend's wedding. After drinking at a Miami bar for 4 hours, Gillum said he texted "an associate" to hook up.

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He said he woke up several hours later on the bathroom floor in the hotel room where his friend had overdosed.

Sheriff's deputies gave Gillum a ride back to his hotel room, and he took an Uber to the rental home he shared with his wife. R. Jai was asleep when he arrived and he didn't want to wake her up.

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After Gillum explained to his wife what had happened, she said she was surprised because he was always so careful when he hooked up with other men.

Hall asked R. Jai to explain her decision to marry Gillum, knowing he was bisexual.

"So many people just don't understand bisexuality. Bisexuality is just something different," R. Jai said. "I just believe that love and sexuality exist on a spectrum. All I care about is what's between us and what agreement we make. Those people who love us and care about us and wish us well — no matter what did happen — that is the energy we need and receive."

"You said that you would not have married him if you knew that...," said Hall. "That I wasn't sure," said R. Jai, cutting Hall off.

R. Jai continued: "That a decision to choose you and say yes on the basis of knowing that it's our decision together... I've told him before that saying yes was solely about me and you. It wasn't about me, you, and the world. So I don't know, you know, someone has asked me before would you have made a different decision, and I had to say I don't know. I think, perhaps, being as young as we were -- I wasn't even 30 yet. I may have said no, because at that age, I know I wouldn't have had the maturity to say, while I am privately okay with this, I don't know that I have the strength to continually defend our relationship or my marriage to anyone who doesn't understand."

Viewers took to social media to express their opinions about the riveting interview.

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Andrew Gillum told Tamron Hall he identifies as bisexual. The confession came months after he was caught nude in a South Beach hotel room with a naked male escort.

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"I don't identify as gay, Gillum told Hall during the season 2 return of the "Tamron Hall" show, which airs Monday, Sept. 14, on ABC at 3 p.m. EST.

Gillum, 41, was joined by his wife, R. Jai Gillum, who spoke openly about her husband's sexuality. She confirmed reports that she knew of her husband's desire for men.

"Love and sexuality sits on a spectrum," R. Jai told Hall. "All I care about is what's between us... Those people who love us and care about us and wish us well — no matter what did happen — that is the energy we need and receive," she said.

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Gillum said he informed his wife about his sexual lifestyle "so many years ago." The couple shares three minor children.

When Hall asked Gillum if he felt like a weight had been lifted off of him, he said he had "mixed emotions" but that he feels "more whole" now that the public knows of his predilection for men.

Gillum said he wouldn't rule out entering another race for public office in the future.

Gillum, a former rising superstar in the Democratic Party, narrowly lost the 2018 gubernatorial race in Florida that would have made him the first Black governor of the nation's largest swing state.

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Andrew Gillum hoped to restore his respect and dignity in an exclusive interview with Tamron Hall.

The full interview will air during the Season 2 premiere of 'Tamron Hall' on Monday, Sept. 14.

The 41-year-old father of three told Tamron he cried every day since paramedics found him lying on the floor in his own vomit in a South Beach hotel room with a naked male escort in March.

Travis Dyson, an ER nurse who advertised his male escort services online, voluntarily surrendered his registered nursing license after the news broke.

Photos depicted bottles of prescription and illegal drugs with pills strewn on the floor and on a nightstand.

The former Democratic candidate for governor was so inebriated he could not communicate with paramedics. Gillum was not arrested despite the presence of illegal drugs in the room.

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Gillum addressed the scandal that derailed his promising political career in his talk with Tamron. He said he hoped to redeem himself and he went into alcohol rehab after years of fighting depression.

"I'm still here by the grace of God. So much of my recovery has been about trying to get over shame. Shame is not that I did that, but I am bad."

When asked why he was in a $220-a-night hotel room with a naked male escort, Gillum responded, "I would say the reason why I went to that room was probably no different than how anybody might communicate with someone that they are in a friendship relationship whatever with. I understand very well what people assume about that."

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He also addressed the shocking photo that showed him nude on the bathroom floor in his own vomit.

"When that photo came out, I didn't recognize the person on the floor," he said.

"That was not anything more than a person being at their most vulnerable state, unconscious, having given no consent, and someone decided to use a moment where I was literally lying in my own vomit."

Police also found a vial of injectable medication that is typically prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction.

Gillum, a former rising superstar in the Democratic Party, narrowly lost the 2018 gubernatorial race in Florida that would have made him the first Black governor of the nation's largest swing state.

Gillum was joined in the interview by his long-suffering wife R. Jai Howard, who discussed the impact of her husband's scandal on their marriage and their family and what the future holds.
 

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The Season two premiere of 'Tamron Hall' returns Monday, Sept. 14 with an exclusive and riveting interview with Andrew Gillum, joined by his wife, R. Jai.

Gillum will address the scandal that infamous night in a Florida hotel room that derailed his rising political career.

Emmy® Award-winning talk show host, executive producer and journalist Tamron Hall returns to daytime for her sophomore season with a provocative hour-long exclusive interview with Gillum and his long-suffering wife, R. Jai.

Gillum, a former rising superstar in the Democratic Party, narrowly lost the 2018 gubernatorial race in Florida that would have made him the first Black governor of the nation's largest swing state.

The father-of-three will discuss his swift fall from grace, his rehabilitation experience in the face of adversity, and his life with R. Jai, who will also join Hall during the hour to discuss the impact this has had on their marriage and their family and what the future holds.

Additional Premiere Week highlights include an Exclusive interview with former 'Vanderpump Rules' star Stassi Schroeder; Award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson and wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson; Melissa Etheridge on the tragic death of her son; actor Chris Evans and filmmaker and actor Mark Kassen; a look at why back to school is anything but normal; and Tamron's big FIVE-OH birthday celebration with Naomi Campbell and DJ Jazzy Jeff!

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was Tamron Hall's guest on Monday. The embattled mayor discussed her opposition to Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to reopen some Georgia businesses.

Bottoms insisted the move to reopen the state was too soon.

Keisha confirmed reports that she convinced rap mogul 2 Chainz not to reopen his Atlanta restaurants for dine-in service.

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2 Chainz and his business partner, Mychel "Snoop" Dillard, had planned to reopen 2 Atlanta restaurants, Escobar and Escobar Southside, for dine-in service on Monday, April 27.

Bottoms acknowledged the rap mogul's concern for his laid off employees who still have bills to pay.

"I know that 2 Chainz and his wife Kesha have a loving heart for our community that really is unparalleled," Mayor Bottoms said. "So I know for them when he talks about laying off 80% of his employees, there are faces and there are families that go along with that. But I was so glad that he reached out to me and told me that he would not be opening because he is listening to reason and logic and what he is saying is that I am not going to risk putting my employees in harm’s way because we are opening up too soon. There will be a day when we’ll get back to business as usual and we will be able to go to restaurants and embrace each other again. We just aren’t there yet."

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According to EURweb.com, Atlanta movie and TV mogul Tyler Perry also plans to reopen his Tyler Perry Studios with safety protocols in place, such as screening his employees for fevers and allowing the cast and crew to live on-site until the end of production.

But Perry said he would not move forward with his plans to reopen his studios without Mayor Keisha's approval.
 

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris was a guest on Tamron Hall's talk show, where he criticized the so-called "woke" and "cancel culture" that proliferates on Black Twitter.

"All this cancel culture, I think it's fake. Like Jay-Z said: 'first they hate you, then they love you, then they hate you again," T.I. said.

T.I. used Kanye West as an example of the "cancel culture" trend that seeks to silence people they don't agree with.

"You'll cancel someone like Kanye - now I don't agree with his views - there are a lot of things he say, a lot of positions and perspectives he speak from that I have no agreeance [sic] with. But that's not going to take away from the fact that he is a phenomenal artist and he makes great music," T.I. said. "But you will cancel him, but at the same time, when someone like Gucci does Blackface, then you're cool with that, so you'll keep wearing Gucci, but you'll cancel Kanye."

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During his 3rd annual Obama Foundation summit in Chicago, former President Barack Obama told young people on social media to get over themselves by reminding them that they are not perfect.

"This idea of purity and you're never compromised and you're always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly," Obama said.

"One danger I see among young people, particularly on college campuses... There is this sense sometimes of, the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people.

"Like if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn't do something right or used the wrong verb or then, I can sit back and feel good about myself: 'Cause, man, you see how woke I was? I called you out.' You know that's not activism, that's not bringing about change. If all you're doing is casting stones, you're probably not going to get that far. [Casting stones] is easy to do."
 

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ABC execs scrambled to edit a segment of The Tamron Hall Show after the talk show host admitted dealing cocaine with her boyfriend in college.

Production insiders tell the UK's DailyMail.com that Hall's confession stunned the audience and her bosses at the TV network. Executives scrambled to edit Hall's drug dealing confession out of the pre-recorded show.

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Insiders say the prim and proper host confessed to a live audience that she helped her boyfriend "facilitate" selling cocaine when she was a teenager in college.

On Friday, Hall backtracked, saying her words were taken out of context.

Hall told DailyMail.com in a statement that she never "dealt drugs" in college. She said she was speaking about "part of an open and honest conversation about women" in prison.

Hall explained, "During an interview with prison rights advocate Topeka Sam, I shared a story about a bad situation I got myself into when I was 19. I never dealt drugs."

Even if she did deal drugs, it happened over 3 decades ago.

"I am now nearly 50 years old and was reflecting on a bad judgement call that could have turned worse. I say but for the grace of God, there go I. It was part of an open and honest conversation about women, incarceration and mistakes made."

Hall admitted producers edited the segment in which she reportedly confessed to dealing drugs.

"For legal reasons a portion of that segment was edited from the show. I hope my show can be a forum for sharing stories without shame or judgement - including a conversation we're having Friday on opioid addiction."

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Judge Tammy Kemp was a guest on The Tamron Hall Show on Thursday, Oct. 10. The embattled judge came under fire for hugging former Dallas cop Amber Guyger after she was found guilty of killing 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean in his own apartment.

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In previous interviews Kemp defended her behavior, saying Guyger asked her twice for a hug. Kemp also said she gave Guyger her personal Bible because the 31-year-old promised to return it after she completes her 10-year prison sentence.

Kemp's court bailiff was also criticized for appearing to comfort Guyger by primping her hair in the courtroom.

When Hall asked Kemp to explain the bailiff's actions, Kemp said "Guyger had been found guilty of murder... and we were on a lunch break. However, I couldn't send her to the jail to be frisked. So we asked a female bailiff to stay with her throughout the lunch break. And if you know anything about the jail, you gotta search every part of a person, including their hair."

But critics of the judge and the bailiff say officers never conduct searches for razor blades or other contraband with their bare hands.
 

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