“Two wrongs don’t make no right. When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it,” the rapper said in an Instagram video Wednesday.
Snoop has been blasting King since she conducted an interview with WNBA player Lisa Leslie last week that touched on the legacy of the late Kobe Bryant. King broached a sensitive topic by invoking the basketball icon’s 2003 rape charge.
King accepted the rapper’s apology in a statement provided by CBS spokesperson Samantha Graham.
“I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss,” King said.
She continued that she never meant to add to the pain of Bryant’s loss.
“As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times,” she said. “I don’t always get it perfect but I’m constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity.”
After King’s interview with Leslie, the rapper set off a firestorm on Instagram referencing his anger toward King.
“Hey Gayle. (expletive) u. Kobe was our superhero. (expletive),” he said. “How dare you try to tarnish my (expletive) homeboy’s reputation. … Respect the family and back off (expletive) before we come and get you.”
Snoop clarified his comments more defensively over the weekend, insisting he “didn’t threaten” King, saying that he was “very non-violent” and spoke “from the heart.”
But on Wednesday the rapper offered a more heartfelt, nuanced apology. “Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions about me being angry about questions that you asked. (I) overreacted. Should have handled it way different than that. I was raised way better than that.”
He added: “So I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out … and just being disrespectful. I didn’t mean to be like that. I was just expressing myself for a friend who wasn’t here to defend himself. … Hopefully we can sit down and talk privately.”
King received backlash for the interview clip on the internet, and several celebrities, including rapper 50 Cent, voiced support for Snoop Dogg’s sentiment.
In a two-part video posted to Twitter last week, King discussed the controversy, pointing fingers at the network for releasing the Bryant question as a standalone clip.
“If I had only seen the clip that you saw, I would be extremely angry with me, too,” said the “CBS This Morning” host. “I am mortified, I am embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview, totally taken out of context, and when you see it that way, it’s very jarring,” she explained.
Katie Couric also weighed in during an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” at Vanity Fair’s Oscars after-party Sunday.
“We’re living in very fraught times and I think that things explode. I think Gayle was really smart to make sure she put it in context,” Couric said. “I think it was a mistake, things get misunderstood, taken out of context and then they just explode at the speed of sound.”
“I think you just have to be extra careful, extra sensitive, and extra thorough about the material that gets disseminated in the world,” she added.
Another former Lakers star, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, wrote a column in The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday decrying the abusive language and threats directed toward King as a bad message to send to young black men.
“Kobe would not have appreciated the attacks against Gayle King because he knew they perpetuated a climate of disrespect that would be physically, mentally and socially harmful toward all women, including his wife and daughters,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote.
Contributing: Charles Trepany, Morgan Hines, Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY; David Bauder, Associated Press