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Robin Roberts Defends Embarrassing Jussie Smollett Interview

One of the more embarrassing moments for the mainstream media in recent months was the softball interview of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett — who has now been charged by Chicago police with filing a false report — conducted by Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.”

Smollett was, at the time, claiming that two white Trump supporters had attacked him and that they attempted to put a noose around his neck.

Despite numerous questions surrounding the alleged incident and the way Smollett’s own account of things changed several times [1], Roberts interviewed the actor. She gave him an unchallenging platform on which to ramble on and on about how racist people were for not believing him.

Cut to a few weeks later — and Smollett was in police custody for allegedly hiring two Nigerian brothers [2] to help him stage the attack.

At The Cut’s “How I Get It Done” event in New York City on Monday, Roberts partly explained her thinking behind the fluff interview that every day makes her look worse and worse.

Related: The Five Most Extreme Anti-Trump Statements Made by Jussie Smollett [3]

“I’ll be completely honest. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do the interview or not,’” she told The Cut [4]. “I said, ‘I don’t want to sit down with him if he’s going to lawyer up.’”

Roberts claimed that had she known Smollett had allegedly hired two Nigerian brothers — she would have pressed him harder.

“I did the interview 48 hours before then. Had I had that information or [knew] what the brothers were alleging, heck, yeah, I would have asked him about that,” she said.

Related: Ellen Page on Jussie Smollett: ‘Hate Violence Is Not a Hoax’ [5]

She also said that being part of the LGBTQ community put more pressure on her to treat Smollett as a victim.

“It was a no-win situation for me,” she said.

“It was one of the most challenging interviews I’ve ever had to do.”

Check out Robin Roberts’ interview with Jussie Smollet below: