ABC's Roberts Won't Call Smollett Story 'Alleged,' Gushes, 'If Attackers Are Never Found, How Will You Be Able to Heal?'

NewsBusters | 2/14/2019 | Staff
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ABC previewed their exclusive interview with actor Jussie Smollett on Thursday, his first interview since the alleged hate crime he recounted to Chicago police two weeks ago. While host Robin Roberts did ask the actor about the controversial aspects of his story on Good Morning America, she did not refer to the attack as “alleged” even once. Instead, she asked him to teach us all what we could “learn” from the alleged experience.

During the first clips of the full upcoming Nightline interview GMA previewed, Roberts focused on Smollett’s story, asking him to share again what happened.The actor clearly seemed to struggle with his answers in just relaying his story. His demeanor changed dramatically in the second half of the interview, after Roberts started treating him as if he were a martyr, with fawning questions like:

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What do you say to a young gay man, a young gay person?

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If the attackers are never found, how will you be able to heal?

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It's been two weeks since that night left actor Jussie Smollett bruised but not broken. And he's still processing the raw emotions. Have you ever been threatened before?

Repeatedly, Roberts came to Smollett’s defense, at one point, telling her fellow anchors that his story was “credible:”

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That's the first time he's given a detailed account, an account that Chicago police have saids that been consistent. He hasn't changed his story and they also...
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