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Gayle King Gears up to Talk about How George Floyd Touched Many Hearts

Tichafa Chidzonga
Jun 06, 2020
11:30 A.M.
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Gayle King shared a photo of herself watching George Floyd's memorial service as she prepared to go live for an interview about the ways his murder touched people's lives.

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Gayle King from "CBS This Mornin"g couldn't hold back her emotions when she spoke to the women on "The Talk" about her fears for her son, Will Bumpus Jr, following George Floyd's death. She tearfully explained:

"I'm worried about him, saying, 'Will, please don't take [your dog] for long walks…I worry for him being a black man, period."

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During her appearance on the show, King admitted that while she enjoys her interviews on "The Talk," the events triggering mass protests around the country have left with a deep feeling of deep sadness and despair.

Although she admitted that she is struggling to shake off the emotions she was feeling, she was glad to be part of the conversation about Floyd's death and the nationwide protests.

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On May 25, Floyd died during an arrest in Minneapolis when a police officer pinned him down to the ground and forced his knee onto his neck for eight minutes.

Thursday, mourners gathered to pay their respects at memorial service held for Floyd at North Central University in Minneapolis. Reverend Al Sharpton delivered an inspiring eulogy. Other celebrity guests included Kevin Hart and Ludacris.

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Gayle King did not attend the funeral. However, she revealed that she watched it live from the comfort of her home while continuing to cover events.

In her caption, she wrote, "spent the afternoon watching #georgefloyd's memorial service." The television host revealed that she was preparing to go live to discuss "why & how has he touched so many hearts."

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As she spoke to the women on "The Talk," about the varies issues they had covered in recent weeks and continued fears she's had, King admitted:

"I worry a lot about [Will's] safety; Welcome to being black in America. This is not new."

Gayle King appears as a guest on "The Talk," along with Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne, Eve, Sheryl Underwood, and Marie Osmond on April 7, 2020 | Source: CBS via Getty Images

Gayle King appears as a guest on "The Talk," along with Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne, Eve, Sheryl Underwood, and Marie Osmond on April 7, 2020 | Source: CBS via Getty Images

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, during King's discussion about the video of white women named Amy Cooper filing a false police report on a black man, which occurred on the same day Floyd was murdered, King expressed her relief for the accessibility of video footage.

She admitted that she was rattled a speechless by the events and said it all felt very overwhelming for her to feel like black people could not feel safe in the country.

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