CBS news anchor Gayle King has formally accepted rapper Snoop Dogg’s apology after he posted a video expressing remorse for threats he made after her interview with Lisa Leslie.
“I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss,” she said in a statement to the Associated Press.
“As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times,” King added. “I don’t always get it perfect but I’m constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity.”
During the interview with Leslie, King was criticized for pressing the WNBA star about Kobe Bryant’s old rape case. Much like the rest of the viewing public, Snoop was upset and responded angrily. He later recanted after speaking to his mother.
“So with that being said: Gayle King, 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. [I] Overreacted. Should have handled it way different than that. I was raised better than that. 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,” he said earlier this week.
“I didn’t mean for it to be like that. I was just expressing myself for a friend that wasn’t here to defend himself. A lot of people look up to me and they love me and they appreciate me, so I want to let them know that anytime you mess up, it’s OK to fix it, it’s OK to man up and say that you’re wrong. I apologize. Hopefully, we can sit down and talk privately. Have a good day,” he added.