On Tuesday’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen and the Breakaway singer called criticism of the song “so weird”.
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“Did you not hear that John (Legend) and I ruined Christmas recently?” Clarkson, 37, joked. “I was like, ‘how did I mess that up?’”
Clarkson and Legend drew criticism after updating lyrics in the iconic song, including “say, what’s in this drink?” and “what’s the sense in hurting my pride?” to more #MeToo-friendly lyrics.
Among the most vocal critics was Sharon Osbourne, calling the new version “ridiculous”.
When Clarkson explained her reasoning for the update, Teigen, 33, added: “Then Sharon (Osbourne) assumed that you burned (the original song) in the backyard or something and they can never listen to the original again.”
“Both John and I have actually cut Baby, It’s Cold Outside, the original, and we like the original, but we noticed a lot of people didn’t,” the American Idol champ explained. “We were like, ‘let’s just give them another option’ or whatever, and apparently, we killed Christmas.”
The duo then joked about people getting upset over a “creepy” and “date rapey” song, but admitted that the original didn’t offend them.
John Legend and Kelly Clarkson reimagined the holiday song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” with updated lyrics by Legend and Natasha Rothwell https://t.co/3dQe4LFFE5
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 29, 2019
Also among the new song’s critics: Dean Martin’s daughter, Deana, who called the Legend version “absolutely absurd”.
“I think what he’s done is, he’s stealing the thunder from Frank Loesser’s song and from my dad. He should write his own song if he doesn’t like this one, but don’t change the lyrics. It’s a classic, perfect song,” Martin said.
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