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Gayle King ‘Very Angry’ with CBS Over Clip About Kobe Bryant Rape Case

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(TMZ) — “I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very angry.”

That’s Gayle King going NUCLEAR on her own network, CBS, for releasing an interview clip with Kobe Bryant ‘s good friend, Lisa Leslie , in which King asks about Kobe’s rape case … claiming CBS simply did her dirty.

Here’s the deal … earlier this week, CBS released a teaser clip from King’s big interview with the WNBA star in which she asks if Bryant’s legacy is “complicated” because of the 2003 sexual assault case.


King received a TON of backlash online from people who claim the question was insensitive and inappropriate — including 50 Cent and Vivica A. Fox. In a video, Gayle admitted she’s been reading the tidal wave of negative comments on social media and it’s been driving her crazy!

“I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me too,” King said.

She continued, “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. It’s jarring to me. I didn’t even know anything about it.”

King says the sexual assault question was only a small part of a larger conversation about Kobe’s life … and she felt it WAS appropriate to ask that question at the time.

“We talked about that court case because that court case has also come up. And, I wanted to get Lisa’s take on it as a friend who knew him well, what she thought, where that should stand.”

“It was very powerful when she looked me in the eye, as a member of the media, to say, ‘It’s time for the media to leave it alone and to back off.'”

“I felt really good about the interview … so, for the network to take the most salacious part when taken out of context, and put it up for people who didn’t see the whole interview, is very upsetting to me and that’s something I’m going to have to deal with them.”

“There will be a very intense discussion about that.”

Update

LeBron James just spoke in defense of Lisa Leslie — saying Protect @LisaLeslie at all cost!” He added, “You’re a real Superhero!! Sorry you had to [go] through that s*%#!!! We are our own worse enemies! #Mamba4Life”

A rep for CBS News told TMZ, “Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant. An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made.”

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Bethenny Frankel to Deliver Half-a-Million Masks in Wake of Coronavirus

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(TMZ) — Bethenny Frankel is about to deliver half-a-million masks to doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who are at high risk for contracting coronavirus, and the decks have just been cleared to deliver them quickly.

FEMA has told hospital workers they can get masks outside normal channels and get reimbursement because the supply is so critically lacking.

Bethenny tells TMZ, she’s getting thousands of messages a day from medical professionals — many in New York but also other areas of the country — begging for help.

Bethenny is working with manufacturers from all over the world to make masks, and the number she’s making has ballooned from 10,000 to 500,000 N-95 masks and counting.

She says the masks will be available in a few and they will go directly to the people who need it, because the red tape is being eliminated.

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Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation Donates $5M to Coronavirus Relief

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(TMZ) — Rihanna ‘s Clara Lionel Foundation just made a massive donation in an effort to help support those challenged by and working to stop the coronavirus.

RiRi has pledged $5 MILLION to support groups in the United States and around the world. We’re told the cash will be used to support a myriad of efforts including local food banks serving at-risk communities in the U.S., speed up testing and medical care in countries like Haiti and Malawi.

The donation will also help doctors and nurses on the frontlines … with protective equipment, maintenance of intensive care units and the acceleration of the development of vaccines and other methods to fight the disease. It will also be used to help distribute critical respiratory supplies.

CLF’s Executive Director, Justine Lucas, tells us, “Never has it been more important or urgent to protect and prepare marginalized and underserved communities — those who will be hit hardest by this pandemic.”

Rihanna founded CLF in 2012, the group has worked tirelessly to support and fund education and emergency response programs around the world. CLF is accepting donations on its website to continue its fight.

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Katy Perry Shows Baby Bump During Grocery Run with Orlando Bloom

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LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are on the hunt for supermarket supplies — just like most of us adjusting to life in a pandemic — but the expectant parents look super comfy doing it.

Orlando and his pregnant, pop singer fiancee hit up a Whole Foods in L.A. along with Katy’s sister, Angela, and another male friend.

It looks like all 4 remained pretty chill amid the coronavirus panic-shopping many are still doing — and they walked out fresh produce, frozen veggies, boxes of bottled water and a plant-based protein powder called Vega.

One thing not visible in their haul — toilet paper. Let’s hope they’ve already stocked up.

We’re told Katy and co. shopped for about 30 minutes and practiced good social distancing. She went to the car about 10 minutes before Orlando. Of course, KP — whose baby bump is more prevalent these days — could’ve just needed to get off her feet.

As we reported … Katy revealed her pregnancy earlier this month in her new “Never Worn White” music video, referring to it as the hardest secret she’s had to keep.

She and Orlando recently returned to the U.S. just before the new reality of self-isolating at home to limit the COVID-19 outbreak really set in. They’re reportedly postponing their summer wedding in Japan due to the global crisis.

At least they’ve got plenty of water and protein to get through.

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