Oprah Gets Emotional, Says Bestie Gayle King Is ‘Not Doing Well’ After Kobe Bryant Controversy

Shish has now got real for CBS interviewer Gayle King, who continues to face the wrath of social media after posing a question in an interview about Kobe Bryant’s 2003 rape case.

Few knew the fallout would be so swift, so widespread–and so potentially dangerous, according to Oprah, who appeared on the Today show this morning, where she discussed King’s present state of mind. According to Oprah, who teared up while dishing on her BFF’s social media travails, King now travels with security due to death threats she’s received over the comments.

“She’s not doing well and feels that she was put in a really terrible position,” Winfrey said. “Because that interview had already ran and in the context of the interview, everyone seemed fine, including Lisa Leslie.”

Oprah said some of the attacks on King have a “misogynistic” quality.

“Anybody can criticize anything, but the misogynistic vitriol to the point where it is dangerous to be in the streets alone …” Winfrey said, trailing off. “Because it’s not just the people who are attacking. It’s the other people who feel like they can take that message and do whatever they want.”

Among King’s online torturers is rap legend Snoop Dogg, who called King, 65, a “funky dog head b****”, and warned King to, “Respect the family and back off, bitch, before we come get you.”

Snoop wasn’t the only big name to come for King on social media; disgraced and incarcerated TV dad turned convicted sex fiend Bill Cosby also chimed in on Twitter, leveling criticisms at King over her Kobe comments.

Though she has blamed the CBS network for leaving her high and dry, King wedged herself into controversy much like Oprah herself, who has also faced criticism for what some say is her zealousness in going after Black stars in her documentaries while giving White stars a pass, particularly, it has been said, stars like former Hollywood titan and now accused sexual deviant Harvey Weinstein.

Winfrey recently scrapped a documentary that planned to explore allegations of sexual misconduct by rap pioneer Russell Simmons.

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