A heated Gayle King defends 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

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In the era of the #MeToo movement, the song has come under fire in recent years due to lyrics like "I've got to go away..."

Loesser says that her dad "would be furious" about the controversy, adding, "People used to say, 'What's in this drink?' as a joke".

Frank Loesser, the song's writer, wouldn't be happy about the ban.

Since then, Canadian broadcasters Bell Media, CBC Radio and Rogers Media have also made a decision to drop the song this year.

CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, who described herself as a "big supporter and proponent of the Me Too movement", said Thursday that she was anxious about a nation losing its sense of humor. "I want to say to people - it was a Christmas song that was written years ago".

Loesser said she was upset about the furore because "it's a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties". "I think you have to look at the intent of the song and when you look at the intent, to me, it's a very flirtatious back-and-forth between the two of them".

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

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

The decision to stop playing the song has divided audiences.

But a poll on the station's Facebook page shows 94 per cent of respondents think the song should be played during the holiday season. Other lyrics like "say, what's in this drink?" have also raised eyebrows.

Those against the song say it promotes date rape, describing a man pressuring a woman to stay despite her adamantly telling him "no, no, no".

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