Audiences watched in awe on Wednesday as Gayle King put on a calm and collected in front while sitting down with a delirious and deranged R Kelly.
There was also cause for concern at one point, when Kelly started to label both King and her questions ‘stupid’ before jumping out of his chair and wildly gesticulating just inches away from the CBS This Morning host.
King could not be bothered to play into that hysteria, and kept quiet and unfazed despite the behavior of her subject.
She later said that she never feared Kelly would try and hurt her before revealing that her daughter Kirby, son Will and best friend Oprah all called to check in on her after the interview.
‘I really wasn’t worried. I never thought that he was going to hurt me. I know that he was upset with the questions and that he was irritated with me at certain points during the interview… I was worried that he was so worked up and amped up that he was accidentally going to hit me. I never in a million years thought that i was in danger with him.’
‘I thought I might get accidentally clobbered, but I didn’t think he’d deliberately try to hurt me. I never felt in danger talking to him.’
‘It wouldn’t do any good if we both got hysterical,’ King later said in CBS while discussing the interview.
When King was told, he’s told ‘he’s a very tall man,’ King responds, ‘well he ain’t that tall.’
She’s 5’10 herself.
Kelly’s anger came after King asked him about allegations that he had an affinity for underage girls, who would not be able to legally consent.
‘I didn’t do this stuff,,’ declared Kelly.
‘This is not me! I’m fighting for my f***ing life!’
Kelly later broke down in tears while proclaiming that he was a victim, promoting King to say as much to the 52-year-old singer.
King said that Kelly also claimed to have a mountain of evidence that would prove he was innocent, but did not share any with the host.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Spargo