One week after blasting “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King over her Kobe Bryant interview with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, Snoop Dogg has had a change of heart.
The rap legend apologized Wednesday for previous profanity-laced statements that many perceived to be a threat directed towards King after she probed Leslie on the subject of the late Kobe Bryant’s rape allegations from 2003.
“Two wrongs don’t make no right,” Snoop Dogg said in his video message on Instagram. “When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it.”
He said he “publicly tore down” King by coming at her in a “derogatory manner” that he admitted was fueled by anger from the interview, where King also referred to Bryant’s unidentified accuser as “the victim.”
‘I WAS RAISED BETTER’
The Long Beach, Calif., native said the interview upset him because the late NBA legend is no longer alive to defend his past allegations.
“(I) overreacted. Should have handled it differently than that. I was raised better than that,” he said. “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.”
The new tone pales in comparison for the 16-time Grammy Award nominee, born Calvin Broadus Jr., who doubled down on his same energy, promising to “keep riding on her until (he) see(s) her face-to-face to let her know she was out of pocket,” during an interview on “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.”
Snoop Dogg’s initial video referring to the veteran broadcaster as a “funky doghead b — h” set off a firestorm on social media and traditional media, prompting thought pieces, op-eds and an endless stream of commentary about misogyny and relationship dynamics between Black men and Black women.
King’s longtime best friend and biggest champion Oprah Winfrey revealed that King had received death threats and was traveling with security.
CBS News chief Susan Zirinsky called the “threats against her or any journalist doing their job reprehensible.”
Even President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser, Susan Rice, jumped into the fray warning the former gangbanger to back off. “You come for @GayleKing, you come against an army. You will lose, and it won’t be pretty.”
Earlier this week, the hashtag #IStandWithGayle started trending in social media circles.
“A lot of people look up to me and they love me,” Snoop added in Wednesday’s video. “I want to let them know that anytime you mess up, it’s okay to fix it, it’s okay to man up and say that you’re wrong,” he said, concluding, “I apologize. Hopefully we can sit down and talk privately. Have a good day.”
Snoop Dogg is the host of VH1’s popular cooking show “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” co-hosted by Martha Stewart. The 48-year-old father of four has recent endorsement deals with Tostitos and Dunkin Donuts.
VH1 is owned by Viacom, the parent company of CBS, which produces “CBS This Morning.”