NEW YORK — The head of CBS News says threats against news anchor Gayle King are reprehensible. 

CBS News President Susan Zirinsky's comment Saturday was evidence of a growing backlash against rapper Snoop Dogg and others who have criticized King following an interview this week that touched on sexual abuse charges against the late Kobe Bryant. 

Snoop told King to ‘back off’ following her interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie on Bryant's legacy. 

Others have begun coming out against Snoop and other critics, saying it's possible to disagree without threats. 

Zirinsky called King's interview comprehensive and thoughtful.

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Snoop Dogg performs at the 2018 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday, July 6, 2018, in New Orleans. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP)
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Gayle King attends "Freestyle Love Supreme" Broadway opening night at the Booth Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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