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

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When it was reported that Jussie Smollett obtained attacked weeks in the past in Chicago within the early hours of the morning, followers, household and associates have been shocked and speechless. When it was reported that it was a racist assault, much more folks 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 lately opened up about the way it was the “most difficult interviews” she’s ever executed.

At the time of the interview (that came about 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 informed 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 desires 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 document for the primary time, sure I’ll do the interview,’” she defined. Robin detailed how she tried to be as impartial as attainable as a result of 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 exhausting, then my LGBT group goes to say, ‘You don’t imagine a brother,’ if I’m too mild on him, it’s like, ‘Oh, since you are locally, you’re giving him a move.’”

She added: “It was a no-win scenario for me.” To today Robin defined how folks marvel how she could not inform he was mendacity, however she stated that solely 48 hours after doing the interview did information break in regards to the two brothers who stated they have been employed to stage the assault. 

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