FOX Sports radio talk show host Clay Travis appeared on CNN Friday afternoon to discuss the controversy over ESPN Jemele Hill calling President Trump a “white supremacist” and the White House calling the remark a fireable offense.
Travis said while the only two things he completely believes in are the First Amendment and boobs the ESPN host should be fired because the network also canned outspoken conservative and pitching legend Curt Schilling.
CNN host Brooke Baldwin was absolutely disgusted and so incredulous that she ended the segment earlier than scheduled. Travis has since tweeted, “CNN is so offended that they already called me and asked if I could come back on Monday.”
CNN is so offended that they already called me and asked if I could come back on Monday. Too perfect.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 15, 2017
Transcript, via CNN:
BALDWIN: Keith Reed, former ESPN senior writer, who knows and has worked with Jemele Hill, with us. Nice to see you, and Clay Travis with FOX Sports Radio and founder of OutkicktheCoverage.com.
Gentlemen, good to see both of you.
And, Clay, to you first.
Of all the different columnists or even magazines in the wake of Charlottesville specifically, that have called out the president as racist, why do you think he really took this particular target on ESPN and Jemele?
CLAY TRAVIS, FOX SPORTS RADIO: Well, I think because ESPN is not in the business of commenting randomly on political-related issues.
If you look at their history, they established about 18 months ago that they don’t believe their people should be in involved in non- sports-related political controversy.
They suspended and then fired Curt Schilling for saying that he disagreed with the North Carolina transgender bathroom bill. And that had absolutely nothing to do with sports. And they said, look, you can’t have this opinion, it is too conservative. We are not going to allow it.
I think that’s a bad move. I’m a First Amendment absolutist. I believe in only two things completely, the First Amendment and boobs.
And so once they made the decision that they were not going to allow a conservative, non-sports-related commentary…
BALDWIN: Wait. Did you just say you believe in the First Amendment – and — hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on.
I just want to make sure I heard you correctly, as a woman anchoring this show. Did you say — what did you just say?
TRAVIS: Yes. BALDWIN: You believe in the First Amendment and B-O-O-B-S?
TRAVIS: Boobs, 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.
And so I don’t think Jemele Hill should be fired. But I do think, straight up, that once you make the decision that you were going to let Curt Schilling go, that you have to also make the decision that you’re going to let Jemele Hill go.
I think that’s a bad decision. I think ESPN has made bad decisions that have led to 13 million subscribers bailing on the network. They have made bad decisions that have led to ratings collapsing.
Jemele Hill’s television show is collapsing. Ratings were down 20 percent last week over last year. I think that is why she’s angry. I think that’s why she went after Donald Trump. She’s begging for ESPN to fire her, so she can work somewhere else.
BALDWIN: OK. OK.
Keith, what are you thinking?
KEITH REED, FORMER ESPN SENIOR EDITOR: Listen, I’m astonished at almost everything I just heard.
One of the things that — and Jemele is a personal friend, not just a colleague, but a personal friend.
One of the things that Jemele has had to deal with her entire career, and many women who I’m friends with in this business and have been friends with in this business for a long time, is sexism, blatant sexism, comments about her appearance, comments about her racially, comments about her inability or perceived inability to be able to comment on sports because of her gender.
So, for somebody to come on CNN and to say something like the only thing I believe in, and the discussion about…
BALDWIN: I’m just — I’m still there, too.
And I just want to make sure I’m you hearing correctly.
B-O-O-Z-E or B-O-O-B-S?
Because, as a woman, I’m — I’m…
TRAVIS: I said boobs. I believe completely in the First Amendment and in boobs. Those are the only two things I believe 100 percent in, in this country.
And, by the way, Jemele has — absolutely nothing to do her background at all.
BALDWIN: Why are you sitting here live on CNN speaking…
TRAVIS: Immediately — did you notice that? He went straight to that.
REED: Yes. You’re absolutely right. I did go straight to that.
BALDWIN: Why would you even say that live on national television? And with a female host, why would you even go there?
TRAVIS: I say it live on the radio all the time, because it’s true, and that’s what I do, because I like boobs and the First Amendment, which is exactly what I said.
REED: Listen, Brooke, I think that speaks for itself. I love the First Amendment as well. I also love women.
TRAVIS: You don’t love boobs, too?
REED: As one who truly — I’m not going to talk about that on television, because it’s irrelevant to the topic. It shouldn’t be brought up here.
TRAVIS: Why not?
REED: I’m a supporter of women in their careers.
I’m a supporter and a staunch supporter of women like Brooke, who I have shared the airwaves with before, and like Jemele, who is a personal friend of mine for a long time.
BALDWIN: I’m done. I’m sorry. I’m done.
REED: And to have her anatomy brought up, to have anyone’s anatomy brought up in this conversation, completely…
BALDWIN: I’m done. This is done. This conversation over, yanking mikes. Bye. See you.
That was entirely inappropriate.
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