In a statement to the Associated Press, King said: “I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss. As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times. I don’t always get it perfect but I’m constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity.”
The question sparked criticism, rage and even death threats against King. Snoop Dogg was among the most vocal and verbally vicious in attacking King, calling a “funky dog-head b*tch,” and telling her to back off “before we come get you.”
Late last week, Snoop said that after a talk with his mamma, his was important for him to man up and apologize, “Two wrongs don’t make no right,” Snoop Dogg said. “When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it.”
Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King 🙏 pic.twitter.com/DZbxA8HQKD
— DatPiff (@DatPiff) February 12, 2020
“So with that being said: Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions, me being angry at questions you asked. Overreacted. I should have handled it way different than that. I was raised way better than that. So I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful. I didn’t mean for it to be like that—I was just expressing myself for a friend that wasn’t here to defend himself. A lot of people look up to me and they love me, so I want to let them know that any time you mess up, it’s OK to fix it, it’s OK to man up and say that you were wrong. So I apologize. Hopefully we can sit down and talk privately. Have a good day.”
Several folks who responded to his IG post said that they respected him for owning up to his mistake.