Gross! Gayle King Admits R. Kelly’s Spit Landed On Her Lip During Interview

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Do you remember Gayle King’s controversial interview with R. Kelly? Well, the journalist/TV host opened up about what really took place during that interview. 

Gayle explained, “No one has done that to me. I never thought that he was gonna hurt me. But when he was [punching his hand in his fist], I thought he was going to accidentally hurt me. 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. I just sat there thinking, ‘I don’t wanna move.’ If somebody does that to you, you can gracefully [wipe your lip], but I knew I didn’t want to make any sudden movements because he was very amped up.”


Although that interview went viral and sparked many speculations, Gayle King does not believe Kelly was lying when he was had that melt-down. “I really think we were watching him have a breakdown in real-time. I don’t think that was fake. I don’t. I never thought I’d be a meme. I wasn’t trying to be a meme. Had it happened to me younger, I would’ve been very afraid. But I really wasn’t. I didn’t think he wanted to hurt me.”