Former Fox News host Mike Huckabee was apparently aghast that male and female co-workers at the time would curse in the office, Think Progress reported.
“You just are looking around and saying, ‘My gosh, this is worse than locker room talk,'” Huckabee told Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson. “This would be considered totally inappropriate to say these things in front of a woman. And for a woman to say them in a professional setting, we would only assume that this is a very, as we would say in the South, that’s just trashy.”
Huckabee, the former Republican governor of Arkansas, did not identify any co-workers or specific profanities used during his tenure at the network. But he described his experiences working out of the network’s New York City studios as a culture shock.
“For someone like me, I thought, ‘Man, this was a different planet,'” Huckabee said. “I came more and more to realize that the cultural divide is significant.”
Huckabee told Mickelson that his experience working for Fox helped him come up with the idea for his latest book, in which he said that rapper Jay-Z is “arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp” regarding his wife, pop star Beyoncé’s career.
“In the South, in the Midwest, there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the f-bomb and use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting,” Huckabee said. “In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women do it.”
Listen to Huckabee’s remarks, as posted by Think Progress, below.