This Is How Gayle King Kept Her Cool During Her R. Kelly Interview
Kelly cried, screamed, and jumped out of his seat.
Just hours before she was arrested, Miya Ponsetto — who has earned the not-so-flattering nickname SoHo Karen — appeared alongside CBS This Morning host Gayle King for a virtual interview.
Back on December 26, People reports, Ponsetto was caught on camera approaching a Black teen, the son of Keyon Harrold, at the Arlo Hotel in New York City. She accused the teen of stealing her cell phone in what's being called a case of racial profiling and harassment. As King recounted the facts this morning, Ponsetto snapped "Enough!" and gestured defiantly — and proceeded to get called out on Twitter. The 22-year-old woman was compared to a petulant teenager and, well, much worse.
It was supposed to be a story of redemption. Instead, Ponsetto told King, "I admit, I could have approached the situation differently, or maybe not yelled at him like that or made him feel ... inferior, or like I was hurting his feelings" and then proceeded to yell at her, saying, "I don't feel that is who I am; I don't feel this one mistake defines me."
The 22-year-old woman caught on camera allegedly physically attacking a 14-year-old Black teen and falsely accusing him of stealing her phone was arrested in California.
In an exclusive interview, Miya Ponsetto and her lawyer spoke with @GayleKing hours before she was arrested. pic.twitter.com/ezaGkcWZ8j
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 8, 2021
When King mentioned that Ponsetto's alleged actions were, in fact, wrong, she snapped: "OK, so basically I'm a 22-year-old girl. Racism, uh, is … how is one girl accusing a guy about a phone a crime?" eventually adding, "alright Gayle, enough!"
Twitter users (who managed to get daddy trending because of Ponsetto's hat) were appalled at her actions, pointing out that it was just another instance of her privilege. Nylon (citing podcaster Alex Cooper) reports that the hat is from Urban Outfitters and was swiftly removed from the store's offerings after it managed to trend on Twitter.
watching gayle king get a woman in a daddy hat to narc on herself just gave me a masters degree in journalism https://t.co/HCg4eMazsV
— kelsey weekman (@kelsaywhat) January 8, 2021
Y’all are NOT ready to get in the ring w/ @GayleKing. She gonna slow walk you into your own confession. And she’ll do it calmly and measured, using only footage, the facts, and your own words agasint you. This was a pleasure to watch. https://t.co/4JIDmW0B1q
— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) January 8, 2021
If Gayle King didn’t buckle when R Kelly was having his tantrum she’s not worried about Miya pistachios or whatever her name is pic.twitter.com/5DtOmB0Pmb
— 🦉 (@thenamesnii) January 8, 2021
The lawyer when Miya Ponsetto told Gayle King “ok Gayle ENOUGH” pic.twitter.com/6wbxuUXALv
— Sven (@dogemanx) January 8, 2021
I just imagined speaking to any elder the way Ms. Daddy Hat spoke to Gayle King and I nearly blacked out from the stress
— Anne Branigin 🔆 (@AnneBranigin) January 8, 2021
After watching that interview I’m sure Gayle King is the one that gave the police Miya’s location. It was that shushing motion that did her in.
— M’BlockU (@rodimusprime) January 8, 2021
In further clips from the interview, Ponsetto attempted to deny that race played a role in the altercation.
"You keep saying you're Puerto Rican. Does that mean that you can't be racist because you're saying you're a woman of color? Is that what you mean?" King asked.
"Exactly," Ponsetto replied, prompting King to reply, "I would disagree with that."
We have more of our exclusive interview with Miya Ponsetto, the 22-year-old who allegedly attacked & falsely accused a Black teen of stealing her phone.
@GayleKing spoke w/ Ponsetto before her arrest last week. Despite public outcry, she insists race has nothing to do with it. pic.twitter.com/IypfNUz8b7
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 11, 2021
In a statement to CBS This Morning, the teen's parents clarified that SoHo Karen didn't actually apologize during the interview.
"This is not about an apology from someone who, until a few days ago, was claiming she did nothing wrong, and in fact alleged Keyon Harrold Sr. had assaulted her," a statement from the family reads. "Someone who targeted a 14-year-old Black child because of the color of his skin."
Ponsetto was arrested Thursday in California on a fugitive warrant, NBC News reports.
This post was updated to include additional interview footage.