Oprah tearfully says Gayle King ‘not doing well’ in midst of Kobe Bryant controversy

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Talking about her best friend’s recent troubles got Oprah Winfrey emotional on Friday.

Winfrey started choking up during an appearance on “Today” with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager while talking about the backlash against her BFF, Gayle King, over a recent interview.

“She is not doing well,” Winfrey said as she teared up. “She is not doing well because she now has death threats and has to now travel with security. She is feeling very much attacked.”

King has been majorly criticized for asking former basketball player Lisa Leslie about rape allegations made against the late NBA star Kobe Bryant.

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were part of a group of nine people who were killed last month in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

On Thursday, King expressed anger at her “CBS This Morning” bosses for releasing what she felt was a “salacious” and “out of context” clip of her interview with Leslie.

Winfrey backed up her best friend of several decades on Friday.

“She’s not doing well and feels that she was put in a really terrible position,” Winfrey said. “Because that interview had already ran and in the context of the interview, everyone seemed fine, including Lisa Leslie.”

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