CNN news anchor and UNC-Chapel Hill grad Brooke Baldwin fired back on air Friday against a Fox News sports analyst who said he only believes in two things completely: “the First Amendment and boobs.”
Clay Travis made the comment during a segment hosted by Baldwin about Jemele Hill, an ESPN on-air personality who came under fire this week for calling President Donald Trump a white supremacist.
“I believe in only two things completely: the First Amendment and boobs,” Travis told Baldwin, who quickly interrupted him.
“I just want to make sure I heard you correctly as a woman anchoring this show,” Baldwin said. “What did you say? You believe in the First Amendment and B-O-O-B-S?”
“Boobs,” Travis said. “Two things that have never let me down in this entire country’s history: the First Amendment and boobs.”
Baldwin went on to say she couldn’t believe Travis made the remark “live on national television and with a female host.”
Baldwin graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill’s journalism school in 2001. She gave the commencement speech at UNC last spring, saying, “I am proud to be a woman in this era.”
In a Twitter post Friday, Baldwin showed her disbelief about what happened. “Note to men – that is never okay,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, Travis made light of situation.
“CNN is so offended that they already called me and asked if I could come back on Monday,” he wrote on Twitter. “Too perfect.”
Baldwin shared her thoughts about the day’s conversation in commentary posted to CNN’s website later Friday evening: “The thing is -- this is not okay. Speaking to women like this is unacceptable. It is 2017. Why is this even happening?”
Her commentary also explained why she muted his audio feed and refuted Travis’ claim that he’d be invited back to her show.