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Gayle King Explains What She Was Really Thinking When R. Kelly Freaked Out During Their Interview (VIDEO)

If you haven’t seen the clip of R. Kelly breaking down during an interview with Gayle King, then what are you doing with your life? Click the play button above and skip to the 6:00 mark.

Now that you’ve seen the madness, you’re probably wondering what the hell Gayle King was thinking. Was she terrified? Angry? Amused? Hungry?

Well, the CBS This Morning anchor talked to Stephen Colbert on Thursday night, and she claims she was not afraid at all. She never believed Kelly was going to hit her or anything, but she was worried he would storm out of the interview before she got the chance to ask the rest of her questions.

When I see Robert getting really upset and he stands out of his seat, my initial reaction is, ‘Oh God, please don’t leave. Please don’t leave. Please don’t leave because I really thought we’ve seen him storm out of interviews before, so I thought he was going to do that and I was thinking, ‘I’m not done with my questions. What can I do to save this interview?’

So instead of telling him to calm down (in fear that would make him lose his sh*t even more) she decided to just sit there and listen to him. She also said his name multiple times, which she believes soothed him a bit.

I never thought that he was going to hurt me or hit me. I never, ever thought that. What I was worried about is that he was flailing and hitting his fists so violently, I was worried that he would accidentally hit me. I don’t want to accidentally get hit, either.

So was she pleased with the interview? Well, not exactly. She was hoping Kelly would be a little more honest. She knew he wasn’t really going to admit to anything, but a little self-reflection would have been nice…

When I went into the interview…I knew he wasn’t going to say, ‘You know Gayle, you’re right, you’re right. I’ve done terrible things,’ but I did think that on some level he would have a moment of reflection.I thought we were witnessing the self destruction of a man having a breakdown and that’s never a good thing to see—never.

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