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In this Nov. 21, 2019 file picture, Oprah Winfrey speaks in the course of the Celebration of the Life of Toni Morrison at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Winfrey says her mate Gayle King is experiencing demise threats following a social media backlash prompted by an job interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie that worried the late Kobe Bryant. Winfrey explained on Hoda & Jenna & Buddies, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, that King “is not doing well” and has to travel with stability since of threats.

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey says her mate Gayle King is experiencing demise threats following a social media backlash prompted by an job interview with retired WNBA star Lisa Leslie that worried the late Kobe Bryant.

On an appearance on “Hoda & Jenna & Friends” on Friday, Winfrey explained King “is not doing well” and has to travel with stability since of threats. ”She feels really a great deal attacked.”

CBS unveiled an excerpt to endorse King’s job interview with Leslie. The clip, dispersed online and on CBS News’ social media accounts, concentrated on a part of the job interview where by Leslie dealt with a Colorado sexual assault scenario that had been brought against Bryant and dismissed. In the clip, King asks Leslie no matter whether the 2003 scenario built Bryant’s legacy complicated for her. Leslie explained that it did not.

Critics lashed out at King on social media for bringing up the outdated allegations. Actor, rap artist and tv govt fifty Cent informed The Involved Press he assumed it was unfair since Bryant wasn’t all around to defend himself. Snoop Dogg posted a profane Twitter movie that concluded with him urging King to back off “before we occur get you.” The Twitter account belonging to imprisoned comic Bill Cosby also was important.

King explained in a movie response through Twitter on Thursday that the clip was shared out of context and expressed anger at her community. “I am mortified, I am humiliated and I am really offended,” King explained. CBS later on unveiled a assertion declaring the clip “did not reflect the nature and tone” of the comprehensive job interview.

Winfrey criticized what she referred to as “misogynist vitriol” against King.

“I can see how men and women would certainly be really upset if you assumed that Gayle was just trying to press to get an solution from Lisa Leslie,” Winfrey ongoing. “Obviously all points go, she will be Alright, but she has not slept in two times.”

Just after the alleged victim decided not to go after the scenario, she and Bryant attained a settlement in 2005. Bryant, who was 24 at the time of the Colorado incident, explained he had not dedicated sexual assault.

Bryant, his thirteen-yr-outdated daughter Gianna, and seven other men and women were being killed in a January helicopter crash in Southern California. A memorial will be held at the Staples Middle in Los Angeles later on this thirty day period.