We all knew that Gayle King did an amazing job conducting her interview with R. Kelly. What we didn’t understand was just how much of a professional she truly is.
While the interview with Kelly took place in March, it left such an impression on every one that she’s still speaking about it. And for good reason. Any one who’s seen it, knew that Kelly lost all of his cool as King pelted him with questions about the accusations of sexual relations with young girls. Through faux tears and a cracking voice, Kelly stood up, repeatedly slapped his chest, all while telling the world that we were “killing him with this sh*t.”
As he was causing all of that commotion, he was standing directly over a seated King. And during an interview with Desus and Mero, King shared how unfortunate a position that was.
“No one has done that to me. I never thought that he was gonna hurt me, guys. But when he was doing this[punches palm], I thought he was going to accidentally hurt me and I was worried about that. You could tell he could hit hard. But he was spitting, it was flying all over the place, and his spit fell on my lip right here. I just sat there like this, thinking, ‘I don’t wanna move.’ If somebody does that to you, you can just very gracefully or discreetly [wipes her lip] go like that, but I knew I couldn’t make any sudden movements because he was very amped up.”
Many people thought that Kelly’s behavior that day was a performance, a way for him to garner sympathy from the public. But Gayle doesn’t agree.
“I really think we were watching him having a break down 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…If that had happened to me younger, I think I would have been very afraid. But I didn’t think he wanted to hurt me.”
You can watch Gayle’s interview with Desus and Mero in the video below.