"It's unfortunate that during this time of grieving, I think the timing of the interview totally was off," Smith said at LAX.
"With everyone still grieving ... to have an interview that was led in that direction, I think the timing was insensitive."
Smith applauds Leslie's responses to the tough questions ... but wishes she wasn't in that position to begin with.
King has spoken out about the interview ... saying she was upset with CBS because she felt the promo clip for the interview made it seem like the whole focus was the rape case. CBS officials say they understand King's point and have vowed to make changes going forward.