Jada Pinkett Smith says her “heart dropped” after hearing Snoop Dogg’s profanity-filled comments about Gayle King, meanwhile the rapper appears emotionally drained in a preview clip for his upcoming interview on Red Table Talk.
Snoop sat down with Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, for the interview that will debut on the Facebook Watch series on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
“When you first came out and you said what you said in regards to Gayle, my heart dropped,” Pinkett Smith says in a promo. “I felt like not only were you talking to Gayle, but you were talking to me.”
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Snoop listens and shakes his head in disappointment.
“I was like, ‘not Snoop,’” she continued. “And so that’s one of the reasons why I felt like I really wanted to have this conversation with you in the spirit of healing.”
Just days after Bryant and eight others were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash, Gayle King asked the late NBA champion’s friend Lisa Leslie about his 2003 sexual assault case in Colorado. Bryant reached an out-of-court settlement with his accuser and the charges were dropped. King said in her interview that Bryant’s legacy is “complicated.”
Leslie replied, “It’s not complicated for me at all… I just never see — have ever seen him being the kind of person that would be — do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way.”
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Snoop and many of Bryant’s fans were upset about King’s question and criticized her on social media. In a video posted on Instagram, Snoop warned King to “back off b–ch, before we come get you.”
In response to his comments, King’s admirers and powerful friends, including former national security adviser Susan Rice, warned the rapper to “back the f–k off,” prompting the #IStandWithGayle hashtag.
Snoop apologized to King on Feb. 12, saying he “overreacted.” King has said she accepts his apology.
Watch the Red Table Talk preview clip below.