Iyanla on why she chose not to interview R Kelly. We are still reeling from the explosive interview R Kelly did with Gayle King yesterday. I felt very sorry for him and could feel his pain, and it revealed things about R Kelly that I don’t think helped his case. Before the interview with Gayle King, Iyanla Vanzant was approached by R Kelly’s people to interview him but she declined. She did not think he was ready to do the work she would require for a break through. See why else she say she would not do it.