‘I’m so irritated by this’: A heated Gayle King defends ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

Gayle King got so fired up over criticism of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” she accidentally swore on the air on Thursday.

The “CBS This Morning” the co-anchor expressed her affinity for the tune penned in 1944 by Frank Loesser. She spoke out in the song’s defense after a news segment on the CBS show acknowledged that some radio stations have recently banned the tune. 

The CBS piece mentioned San Francisco radio station KOIT is conducting a poll to see if the song, which it banned Monday, should remain off its playlist. 

“At last check, the votes were running more than 90 percent in the song’s favor. Please count me in the 90 percent,” King said to her co-hosts, John Dickerson and Norah O’Donnell. “I just feel I want to say to people: ‘It’s a Christmas song that was written years ago.’

“I think you have to look at the intent of the song, and when you look at the intent, it’s – to me – a very flirtatious back-and-forth between the two of them,” she continued. “I think you can look at anything and read something into it these days, and I just don’t think that was the case when they wrote that song and (it’s not) the intent of the song, and I think we have to look at that.”

Her co-hosts were less sold on the song’s innocence.

“People are calling in because it’s basically triggering this reaction in them,” Dickerson said, “These are people who’ve been through an experience. That’s pretty powerful.

“I totally get what you’re saying about the context,” he acknowledged, “but that powerful reaction has to be dealt with.”

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