I thought he might accidentally hurt me – Gayle King on R.Kelly interview
Gayle King has opened up on how she felt during the explosive interview she had with RnB singer R.Kelly months back.
She made this known when she stopped by Showtime’s Desus & Mero where she revealed how she felt when the singer became very emotional over the allegation of sexually abuse leveled against him.
She told hosts Desus Nice and The Kid Mero: “I really think that we were watching him having a breakdown in real time.”
Mero said to Gayle on Thursday night: “You are an unflappable master interviewer. You had R. Kelly wildin’ the fuck out. Like screaming, going bonkers.”
Desus asked: “What was that experience like?”, adding that “no one has done that” to him and his co-host
And Gayle King replied: “No one’s done that to me, either.”
She continued: “I never thought that he was gonna hurt me, guys. But when he was doing this,” she said, miming a punching motion, “I thought he might accidentally hurt me. And I was worried about that. Because you could tell, he could hit hard.”
King went on to say that as Kelly yelled, he began “spitting,” and “it was flying all over the place.”
Pointing to her bottom lip, the CBS This Morning anchor explained, “His spit fell on my lip right here.
“So I just sat there like this thinking, ‘I don’t want to move.’ If somebody does that to you, you can just very gracefully or discreetly go like that, but I knew I couldn’t make any sudden movements because he was very amped up, as you see.”
Gayle King added: “I really think that we were watching him having a breakdown in real time. I really do. Somebody said, ‘Oh, Gayle. He played you. He was just faking.’ I do not think that was a fake. I don’t.”