Robin Roberts: Jussie Smollett Was The "Most Challenging" Interview I've Ever Done

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When it was reported that Jussie Smollett acquired attacked weeks in the past in Chicago within the early hours of the morning, followers, household and mates had been shocked and speechless. When it was reported that it was a racist assault, much more individuals felt for the actor. Jussie’s first unique interview after the occasion was with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts (who he requested) and the host has not too long ago opened up about the way it was the “most difficult interviews” she’s ever achieved.

At the time of the interview (that occurred on Tuesday, February 12th) Jussie was nonetheless being checked out because the sufferer however as we now know he is being labeled as a suspect after allegedly staging the entire thing. Robin instructed The Cut’s How I Get It Done that she did not wish to do the interview at first as a result of she assumed he would “lawyer up,” however issues modified.

Robin Roberts: Jussie Smollett Was The "Most Challenging" Interview I've Ever Done
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“They stated, ‘He needs to say issues that he has not stated’ and I’m like, ‘As a journalist, as a newsperson, that is newsworthy, he’s going to go on file for the primary time, sure I’ll do the interview,’” she defined. Robin detailed how she tried to be as impartial as potential because of the strain she felt from the LGBTQ group. 

“I’m a black homosexual lady, he’s a black homosexual man,” she stated. “He’s saying that there’s a hate crime, so if I’m too onerous, then my LGBT group goes to say, ‘You don’t imagine a brother,’ if I’m too gentle on him, it’s like, ‘Oh, since you are locally, you’re giving him a go.’”

She added: “It was a no-win state of affairs for me.” To at the present time Robin defined how individuals surprise how she could not inform he was mendacity, however she stated that solely 48 hours after doing the interview did information break concerning the two brothers who stated they had been employed to stage the assault. 

“Had I had that info or [knew] what the brothers had been alleging, heck yeah, I might have requested him about that,” she stated. 

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