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Gayle King: 'Oprah Was Not Pressured To Step Away From Russell Simmons Documentary'

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When Oprah Winfrey pulled out of the Russell Simmons documentary, many speculated that it was strain from 50 Cent and different celebrities who had been in opposition to the undertaking, who satisfied her to again off – however bestie Gayle King says that is not the case.

“I do know this was a really annoying and really troublesome determination for her to take her identify off as a result of she is aware of that her taking her identify off as a result of, as you level out, Russell has carried out a really public and really non-public marketing campaign to persuade her, she is aware of that the message that sends is that perhaps she was muzzled. Nothing will be farther from the case,” King mentioned on CBS This Morning.

On Wednesday, the morning present spoke with three of Simmons’ accusers who detailed the violent assaults they allege that the leisure mogul carried out.

“She thought that the documentary wanted to breathe a bit of extra. She thought that it was necessary that or not it’s put in context for the occasions as a result of you already know these allegations [are] from a few years in the past, and now we’re right here in 2020. Put it in context of the occasions of what was occurring there at the moment.” 

The documentary was imagined to air on Apple TV +, however since Oprah’s exit, they’ve pulled the plug on their premiere.