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Wallace awkwardly tries to defend his ‘hope’ that Palin will sit on his lap during their interview.

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Yesterday during an interview with Don Imus on Fox Business, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace was promoting his interview this week with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. When Imus randomly asked whether she will “be sitting on your lap” during the interview, Wallace replied, “One can only hope.” This morning, Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy asked Wallace about his comment. Co-host Gretchen Carlson was flabbergasted by the exchange between Wallace and Imus, and asked, “Would you ask that of a man?” Wallace was silent for a few seconds before stumbling over a response and changing the subject to whether she would sit on Brad Pitt’s lap during an interview:

WALLACE: What happened was I was on Imus, which was my first mistake…and he said to me at the end — just kidding around — “So when you do the interview, will she be sitting on your lap?” And I said, “One can hope.”

CARLSON: Why would he ask such an inane question?

DOOCY: I think it’s a great question. (CROSSTALK) But you said yes.

CARLSON: Would you ask that of a man?

WALLACE: Would he have asked me if a man?

CARLSON: Yeah, would sit on your lap.

WALLACE: I don’t know. Let me ask you a question. Would you do an interview with Brad Pitt, with you sitting on his lap, Gretchen?

CARLSON: Absolutely not. I find nothing hot about Brad Pitt.

Watch it:

Transcript:

DOOCY: Hey, Chris. Normally during our time together, it is Brian who asks the embarrassing question of you. However, I saw online that you said — I believe yesterday — when queried, whether or not you would do the interview with Sarah Palin on your lap, you said you hope so.

CARLSON: What?

DOOCY: It’s true.

WALLACE: Well, no no no. What happened was —

DOOCY: What did you say?

WALLACE: What happened was I was on Imus, which was my first mistake —

CARLSON: No doubt.

WALLACE: — and he said to me at the end — just kidding around — “So when you do the interview, will she be sitting on your lap?” And I said, “One can hope.”

CARLSON: Why would he ask such an inane question?

DOOCY: I think it’s a great question. (CROSSTALK) But you said yes.

CARLSON: Would you ask that of a man?

WALLACE: Would he have asked me if a man?

CARLSON: Yeah, would sit on your lap.

WALLACE: I don’t know. Let me ask you a question. Would you do an interview with Brad Pitt, with you sitting on his lap, Gretchen?

CARLSON: Absolutely not. I find nothing hot about Brad Pitt.

DOOCY: Ask me. Ask me.

WALLACE: Oh, okay. And how about Brian Kilmeade, if you sat on his lap?

CARLSON: Who?

KILMEADE: Let me just point this out. … Chris, we’re a news show. I don’t know about this lap thing. We’ve got facts. People need to get information. We don’t need the color and stuff. So this whole thing about socializing and the behind-the-scenes stuff has no place.

WALLACE: What the heck happened to you? Have the drugs (INAUDIBLE)?

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