Video: Gretchen Carlson Storms Off The Set Of ‘Fox & Friends’

Stop the presses: This morning on the chatty Fox News show “Fox & Friends,” co-host Brian Kilmeade made an obnoxiously sexist comment. I know it’s shocking, coming from the man who said he thinks sexism doesn’t exist. (His proof: “I look at women and say, ‘Hey! Hey equal!’”). When Kilmeade made a “joke” this morning about how women are “allowed” to play golf and tennis these days, and “it’s out of control,” his co-host Gretchen Carlson had had enough. She stood up and walked off the set, leaving Kilmeade to read the news himself. His classy response: “Eh, she needed a shower.”

Watch Carlson storm off here:

The conflict starts when the third member of hosting team, Steve Doocy chatted out of the studio with a military singing group that had been all-male until 1980. (Interviewing a male spokesman for the group, Doocy, too, makes a mildly obnoxious comment, ribbing the guy after he says the group became better after adding women. “Good answer, Mike.” It’s funny because otherwise he’d get in trouble because women be naggin’!)

When Doocy kicks the segment back to the studio, Kilmeade remarks, “Women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.” And with that, Carlson stands up and walks off the set, saying “You read the headlines, since men are so great. Go ahead. Take them away.”

Kilmeade, class act that is, says she needed a shower anyway. Ah, the last refuge of angry little boys everyone: “Girls stink!”

Carlson maintains a jokey demeanor throughout the disruption, but she kind of has to, right? If a TV host displays real anger on live television, the moment would be excruciating and she could be in real trouble with management. I think keeping it light is a smart move. She gets to call attention to Kilmeade’s total inappropriateness, but doesn’t come off looking like the dreaded Woman Who Can’t Take a Joke. But oh, to be a fly on the wall when the show went to commercial…

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