Gayle King has had herself quite the week, but she still had time to check Fox News.
King went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about her interview with R. Kelly and the praise she’s gotten in the fallout. Colbert asked her about the backhanded compliment she received on Fox News from Jesse Watters.
After her interview with Kelly she received universal praise for her poise and grace she maintained in response to the singer’s hysterical responses.
On Wednesday, Watters praised King on an episode of The Five for “totally redeeming herself after the Smollett fiasco.” Watters was attempting to shade King, but it was quickly apparent that he thought King was ABC’s Robin Roberts.
Watters, along with most of the hosts at Fox, have attacked reporters for seeming not being tough enough in questioning Jussie Smollett during interviews. Watters’ co-host, former Bush administration official Dana Perino, quickly corrected him – even as Watters initially tried to say he knew the difference.
It quickly got rough for Watters after the screw-up and King weighed in on Thursday night.
“Oh my gosh, Stephen. I couldn’t believe this,” King said. “I just thought, OK. That’s all right, dude. That’s OK.’”
She said she emailed Perino to thank her for standing up for her. She also wanted to relay a message to Watters and others at Fox News.
“I got her email and said: ‘Hi, I just wanted to thank you for letting your colleague know that it was a great compliment, but thank you for letting him know that we’re two different people,” she said. “And could you let the rest of your colleagues know that all black people don’t look alike? Could you please just share that?’”