Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King over Kobe Bryant interview question

 

Snoop Dogg apologized to Gayle King, admitting he "overreacted" with his aggressive response to her interview with Lisa Leslie. The CBS This Morning host sparked backlash after asking Leslie, a close friend of Kobe Bryant's, about his "complicated" legacy. King — who said she was "mortified" over how CBS edited the viral clip — received death threats for bringing up Bryant's sexual assault case. Snoop Dogg was among those who sent her hostile messages.

"Two wrongs don't make no right. When you're wrong, you gotta fix it," the rapper began in an Instagram post Wednesday.

Snoop then addressed King directly: "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."

Among the questions King asked Leslie was if Bryant's legacy was complicated for her "as a woman, as a WNBA player?" When Leslie said no, the journalist pressed further; however, King later said the "wide-ranging interview" was "totally taken out of context."

Snoop called King, 65, a "funky dog-head b****" before saying, "Respect the family and back off, b****, before we come get you." He later insisted he "didn't threaten" King, but didn’t actually apologize. Now, the 48-year-old "Lay Low" rapper said he "overreacted."

"Should have handled it differently than that. I was raised way better than that," he said. "So, I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful. I didn't mean for it to be like that."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Gayle King attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gayle King attends Common's 5th Annual Toast to the Arts at Ysabel on February 22, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Freedom Road Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Gayle King is seen on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JNI/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20: REBA McENTIRE ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE 54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ON CBS THIS MORNING, with CBS This Morning Co-Hosts, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell. FEB. 20 IN THE 8:00 AM ET HOUR. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Bill and Melinda Gates in the CBS Toyota Greenroom with Co-Host Gayle King before their appearance on CBS THIS MORNING, Feb 12, 2019. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Gayle King attends the 2018 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown on January 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Gayle King attends opening night of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for 'To Kill A Mockingbird')
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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Dave Chappelle and Gayle King pose backstage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Gayle King speaks on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Gayle King attends Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Gayle King arrives at The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation 'Magical Evening' Gala on November 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: (Image was captured on the LG V40 ThinQ) Gayle King arrives on the red carpet at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 17th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Tom Hanks and Gayle King pose before their conversation at 92nd Street Y on November 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Gayle King attends the 2018 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown on January 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Gayle King attends opening night of "To Kill A Mocking Bird" at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for "To Kill A Mockingbird")
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Gayle King speaks on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)
SHERATON TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/11/15: Gayle King attends The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Magical Evening Gala at Sheraton Times Square. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Gayle King speaks onstage at the WSJ. Magazine 2018 Innovator Awards Sponsored By Harry Winston, FlexJet & Barneys New York - Inside at MOMA on November 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 5: Gayle King attends Elton John AIDS Foundation's 17th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Tom Hanks and Gayle King pose before their conversation at 92nd Street Y on November 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Journalist Gayle King attends the 28th Annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on October 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Gayle King attends the world premiere of 'Nobody's Fool' at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on October 28, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Gayle King during Thursday's October 25, 2018 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Gayle King, Ashley Graham, and Sade Baderinwa attend the 2018 Hearst MagFront on October 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: TV Personality Gayle King (L) and Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton In Conversation with Gayle King at the 92nd Street Y on October 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
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The entertainer said he was just speaking up "for a friend that wasn't here to defend himself." Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among the nine killed in a helicopter crash in L.A. on Jan. 26.

Snoop told his 39.4 million followers, "It's OK to man up and say that you're wrong." He concluded by telling King he hopes they can "sit down and talk privately."


In the aftermath of the interview, Oprah Winfrey said King was "not doing well."

"She has now death threats and has to now travel with security and she’s feeling very much attacked," Winfrey, who has been best friends with King for decades, said on the Today show. "She’s not doing well and feels that she was put in a really terrible position because that interview had already ran. And in the context of the interview, everyone seemed fine, including Lisa Leslie."

Winfrey explained "somebody at the network" posted the interview clip out of context, making it appear as though King was "just trying to press to get an answer" from Lisa Leslie. Winfrey, who has faced similar blowback recently over her involvement in a Russell Simmons sexual misconduct documentary, called the criticism "misogynist vitriol."

King has yet to respond to Snoop’s mea culpa.

Watch: Gayle King is 'angry' at CBS for posting 'out of context' clip about Kobe Bryant sexual assault case:

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