Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Monday advised viewers to show “respect” by challenging their wives to an argument, while calling them “baby doll.”
During a segment about author Richard Greenberg’s recent column on raising children, Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy distilled the tips down to the phrase: “Happy wife, happy life.”
“One of the things is if you say, ‘Yes, dear,’ that’s appropriate because it derails any argument,” Doocy explained. “Plus, my wife is always right anyway.”
Kilmeade, however, said that choosing happiness over being right was “condescending” to the spouse.
“That’s like saying, ‘I know my wife is wrong, but I’m going to say she’s right just so I don’t have to hear it,'” Kilmeade asserted. “To me, you have to give the women the respect to engage in a [SIC] interplay.”
“I would like to challenge you on this, baby doll,” the Fox News host recommended saying.
Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck argued that Kilmeade’s strategy “made some sense” because it was a “left hook and a right.”
“The way you’re framing it, Brian, where I’m going to ‘challenge’ my wife, I don’t think there’s a lot of upside to that,” Doocy observed.
“It’s a little like a game show, I admit to you,” Kilmeade quipped. “Okay, I would say this. I would just say, ‘Nine out of ten times you’re right. This is the tenth time, baby cakes.'”
“It’s not a challenge, it’s a marriage,” Doocy concluded.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast May 27, 2014.