R. Kelly: Crisis Manager Calls It Quits

R. Kelly’s crisis manager is calling it quits after a national TV interview blew up in his face.

Darrell Johnson was speaking with Gayle King and her CBS This Morning co-hosts on Monday when he was asked if he would leave his children in Kelly’s care. Johnson said he wouldn’t leave his kids alone with anyone accused of pedophilia, regardless of who it is. He had a couple chances to walk his comment back but decided to stick to his guns.

Flash forward to later that night, when Johnson said, “I should have worded it better.” He also clarified that he would leave his daughter with Kelly since he doesn’t believe the singer is actually a pedophile. Johnson stepped down as crisis manager-slash-spokesperson, citing personal reasons which had “nothing to do with Mr. Kelly.” (CBS News)

Hot Takes:

  • I wonder if he even got paid for the work he’s been doing for the past few months.
  • Kelly’s lawyer probably told Johnson to shut the hell up and stay far away from the press.
  • R. Kelly’s crisis manager? Now there’s a thankless job. I don’t think you could pay me enough to play devil’s advocate like that.
  • You know it’s bad when your own team — whose entire job is to protect your image — can’t trust you.