Gayle King Says She Wasn't "Afraid" During Dramatic R. Kelly Interview

Bessie Dean
March 9, 2019

Fox News star Jesse Watters had mixed her up with the Good Morning America anchor, saying King's interview with R. Kelly "totally redeemed" her from the Jussie Smollett "fiasco".

On the theory there is no detail too small in the R. Kelly saga, and with Gayle King's 80-minute interview A-matter having already aired across the week on CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News, the network has issued footage in which King scolds the singer for visiting McDonalds after his February 25 release from jail on sex abuse charges.

"Could you let the rest of your colleagues know that all black people do not look alike", she said. "I decided that if I sat there quietly, make eye contact with him, he would know I'm not going anywhere, that I'm just waiting for him to finish whatever this is". During the interview, Kelly lashed out dramatically at his interviewer, Gayle King, screaming and pounding his fists, as she asked him pointed questions about the sexual abuse allegations he is now facing and those he has faced in the past.

Colbert noted "it's not OK, but it's OK". However, it was Roberts who interviewed Smollett on GMA last month about his alleged attack - not King.

King said that she wanted Perino to pass on a message to her friends at Fox News.

Later in the show a sheepish Watters apologized yet again with a note on a whiteboard that read, "I'm sorry Gayle + Robin".

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Kelly acknowledged in the interview that he had done "lots of things wrong" when it comes to women, but he said he had apologized. Meanwhile, their parents claim that their daughters have been brainwashed by the R&B singer and are part of an alleged sex cult.

Gayle King is getting a lot of praise from her colleagues and fellow journalists in the wake of her explosive interview with R. Kelly - even some journalists who apparently don't know who she is.

"I could see him getting more heated, he was upset with me about some of the questions, that's ok, he was a little irritated, that's ok", said King. However, Watters felt the need to defend Kelly's volatile behavior in the interview. "I cannot think of another case where there is this anger on so many sides, and you can understand why there would be". "I thought that it was so nice that he called".

Only problem is, that wasn't King who interviewed Smollett.

Well, as they say, it' was caught on video and will live forever.

CBS will air the interview as a one-hour primetime special on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

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