The past few days have not been kind to Gayle King as many continue to attack the CBS This Morning anchor after bringing Kobe Bryant’s rape allegations in an interview.
King’s best friend Oprah Winfrey guest hosted on Today with Hoda and Jenna as the media icon was promoting her Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Live on Tour. During the hour, Hoda Kotb asked Winfrey about King’s wellbeing after the controversy surrounding her interview with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie about the deceased Bryant.
While guesting on Today with Hoda and Jenna, Winfrey was asked about the controversy surrounding best friend Gayle King after her Lisa Leslie interview.
“She’s not doing well,” an emotional Winfrey told Hoda and Jenna. “May I say, she is not doing well because she has now death threats and has to now travel with security and she’s feeling very much attacked.”
She added, “she [King] “not doing well and feels that she was put in a really terrible position because that interview had already ran.”
.@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
Winfrey defended King by mentioning the clip was taken out of context.
“And 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,” she continued. “But obviously all things pass, she will be okay but she hasn’t slept in two days.”
“Anybody can criticize anything, but the misogynist vitriol and the attacking to the point where it is dangerous to be in the streets alone because it’s not just the people who are attacking, and the other people who take that message and feel like they can do whatever they want because of it,” she stated on the morning show.
Following Oprah’s response, social media had a field day as many felt nothing for the media icon or her best friend.
Twitter user Charlie Oatly brought the story back to Kobe’s grieving family as he wrote, “Vanessa and her family and many others aren’t doing Well either @Oprah.”
Another user wrote, “What about the woman who lost her husband and daughter? Should she and her girls and family have to deal with this?”
Another user echoed the same sentiment while not caring about King’s wellbeing.
— Ms. Unique🐝 🦄 (@uniquethatsme13) February 7, 2020
Some questioned King and Winfrey’s motivations when it comes to the issue of Black men in America.
Most recently, Winfrey dealt with her own controversy as her network OWN was to air a documentary surrounding disgraced hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons before Winfrey exited the project.
Twitter user NC Onukogu wrote, “Honestly, I find @Oprah & @GayleKing to be obstacles when it comes to projecting dialogue that will help progress the black community to something better. Both women hold the hands of people who speak against and tear down those who want progression for the black community.”
Another user retweeted a list of mostly-white celebrity sexual offenders.
I would love to watch the documentary. @GayleKing and @Oprah should be the first to expose the injustices that Women have had to endure at the hands of White Men in the entertainment industry. Be fair and balanced with the reporting for a change.#ShameOnGayleKing https://t.co/n3jNbnocs8
— Leo Carney (@chefcarney) February 7, 2020
Some on social media spoke on Winfrey’s recent controversies in lieu of King’s. Many felt the talk show titan’s true colors are starting to show.
Twitter user Stargodd responded to the clip by writing, “Oprah is trash and we all see that now! Boycott these haters they dont tarnish guilty sexual predators that are white but come after Kobe even though his case was dismissed. Im happy to hear shes not doing well niether is Kobes family. #ripkobe”
Twitter account #RetractOprah posted another user’s video speaking on Winfrey’s personality.