Gayle King is the co-anchor of CBS This Morning and an editor at large at Oprah’s magazine. She also has some thoughts on the #MeToo movement and Roseanne Barr’s firing that are sure to stir some controversy.
In an interview with Audie Cornish of The New York Times, King called for more due process when accusations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are made.
“I think when a woman makes an accusation, the man instantly gets the death penalty. There has to be some sort of due process here,” she said. “All of these inappropriate behaviors are not all the same.”
Then, repeatedly referring back to the case of her friend Charlie Rose, she also said that she thinks that in some cases, firing is too harsh of a punishment for the crime.
In the case of Roseanne Barr, however, King thought it was entirely appropriate for Barr not only to be fired but the entire show canceled.
“I was doing the hula in my office when I saw the breaking news! I’m all for freedom of speech, but freedom of speech comes with some responsibility,” King said.
She also said that while the media covered Barr’s story, there needs to be more conversation on race in America.
“I would like to have a real honest conversation about what is going on with police brutality and black people in this country,” King told the NYT. “And it has to come from white people and black people. Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people in Charleston. James Holmes shot up that theater in Colorado. He’s alive. Nikolas Cruz is alive. And you look at some of the cases involving unarmed black men, and they’re dead. What is wrong with this picture?”
Read the full interview here.