It is 2017, and somehow, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin was forced to cut a guest from her interview because he kept trying to talk about boobs — seriously.
On Friday, Fox Sports Radio host Clay Travis was brought on CNN Newsroom, along with former ESPN editor Keith Reid, to discuss the firing of ESPN host Jemele Hill after she called Trump a white supremacist on Twitter, BuzzFeed News reports. Things took an ugly turn when Travis somehow decided it was appropriate to bring boobs into the conversation after Baldwin asked him about the controversy surrounding Hill’s firing.
“I’m a First Amendment absolutist. I believe in only two things completely,” Travis responded. “The First Amendment and boobs.”
Things only got worse when Baldwin gave him a chance to clarify and take back his comments – instead, Travis decided to defend them. “I just want to make sure I heard you correctly, as a woman anchoring the show,” Baldwin said. “What did you just say? You believe in the First Amendment and b-double-o-b-s?”
“Boobs,” Travis said. “Two things that have only never let me down in this entire country’s history, the First Amendment and boobs. So those are the only two things I believe in absolutely in the country.”
Because Travis’s comments were cringe-y and disgusting, Baldwin cut him off and ended the conversation. “I’m done, I’m sorry,” she said. “This is done. This conversation is over. Yanking mics, bye. See ya. That was entirely inappropriate.”
Following the exchange, Baldwin later tweeted a response to Travis’s inappropriate comments.
That was… I just… it was one of those thought bubbles “did he actually say that on MY SHOW?!” Note to men — that is never okay. #smh
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) September 15, 2017
Nope, not okay — thankfully, Baldwin didn’t let Travis’s sexism slide. And just a quick reminder that objectifying women and being sexist does, in fact, have consequences — Travis was scheduled to appear on CNN next Monday, but the network issued a statement saying his appearance has been cancelled following his behavior on Friday.