Deana Martin is not a fan of John Legend and Kelly Clarkson‘s new version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
“I don’t think that John Legend should’ve changed the lyrics. I think leave a tender moment alone,” she told Good Morning America on Friday of the revised track, which replaces controversial sexist lines like “Beautiful, what’s your hurry?” to “I’ll call a car and tell ’em to hurry.”
Deana is the daughter of the late Dean Martin, whose velvety 1959 rendition on his album A Winter Romance helped popularize the Frank Loesser-written song for the holidays. It has been covered many times by everyone from Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart, to Michael Bublé and Idina Menzel, to Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone for Elf.
Chrissy Teigen Gushes Over John Legend After He Misses His Flight to be With Her
Grab the tissues! This is a story straight out of a romantic comedy.It's no secret that Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are the definition of relationship goals. And on Sunday, the two proved why they continue to be everyone's favorite celebrity couple.
In recent years, the lyrics have raised eyebrows with lines like, “Say, what’s in this drink?” and a back-and-forth where a man tries to convince a woman to stay the night despite her continued clear protests — for example, “I really can’t stay,” and “The answer is no.”
But despite Legend, 40, being a “fantastic” musician and “a great writer,” Deana, 71, thinks the tradition of the song should be left as is, opining to Good Morning Britainearlier this week, “You do not change the lyrics to this song. [Legend] has made it more sexual with those words that he has just said.”
Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.
John Legend Is Revamping Troublesome Christmas Classic, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’
John Legend will be releasing a deluxe version of his Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas, on November 8th. The expanded LP will include four new tracks, including a duet of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Kelly Clarkson with updated lyrics by Legend and comedian Natasha Rothwell (Insecure). The “reimagined” duet aims to modernize the song’s outdated and sometimes troubling lyrics, with the male suitor now graciously calling his female partner a cab: “I really can’t stay (Baby it’s cold outside)/I’ve gotta go away (I can call you a ride)/This evening has been (So glad that you dropped in)/So very nice (Time spent with you is paradise)/My mother will start to worry (I’
Deana calls the remake by Legend and Clarkson, 37, “absurd,” continuing, “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.”
She also says her father, who died in 1995 at the age of 78, would’ve agreed with her about the modernized track. “I think that John should’ve just left it alone,” Deana adds.
Her comments echo those she gave on Fox & Friends in December, when the actress and singer spoke out after some suggested “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” promotes rape culture, calling the claims “outrageous.”
Ricky Martin and Husband Jwan Yosef Welcome Their Fourth Child, a Baby Boy
The famous fathers announced their newfound baby bliss on Instagram.The couple welcomed their fourth child—a baby boy named, Renn Martin-Yosef. The joyous news came when the proud papas debuted their newest addition to their family on Instagram. "Nuestro hijo Renn Martin-Yosef ha nacido," the iconic singer shared, which translates to "our son Renn Martin-Yosef was born.
“I was absolutely flabbergasted; it’s just insane,” she said of learning about the uproar caused by the song that has been around for 70-plus years. “When I heard it and I said, ‘This can’t possibly be’ … I tweeted, ‘I think this is crazy, what do you think?’ and then all of a sudden it went viral.”
Born Chloe Celeste Hoffman, the actress legally changed her name to Dove as a tribute to her late father, who called her that as a nickname. "He called me Dove more than he ever called me Chloe," she told StyleWatch. "He passed away when I was 15, and I decided to legally change it. So it's on my passport – everything legal is Dove." However, she says, she responds to both, and friends and family still call her Chloe.
Born John Roger Stephens, the singer's stage name comes from a childhood nickname that stuck. "John Legend is a nickname that some friends started calling me, and it kind of grew into my stage name," he told MTV in 2008. "It grew to the point where more people in my circle would know me by that name than by my real name."
The actress' moniker might sound short and sweet, but her real name is quite a mouthful: Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra. She began using her grandmother's maiden name "Ryan" as a surname when she joined the Screen Actors Guild, Entertainment Weekly reported.
The origins of Hepburn's true name are shrouded in mystery. Sources have disagreed on the exact birthname of the Belgian-born actress, but The New York Times reported she was born Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston. The names Edda, Audrey (the English form of the Dutch name Edda), and Andrey (a feminine form of Andrew) can be found in different biographies, although Edda is found most frequently, according to Britannica. Sources do agree, however, that Hepburn’s mother was the Dutch baroness Ella van Heemstra and that her British father’s surname was Ruston, though he went by the more aristocratic-sounding name Hepburn-Ruston, believing he was a descendant of Mary, Queen of Scots, the encyclopedia reports.
Apparently the name Mark Sinclair didn't sound tough enough for the actor when he was working as a New York City bouncer before his big break. The action star shortened his mother's maiden name Vincent to get his new first name. As for "Diesel," he once revealed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien that he got the nickname from friends who said he was always full of energy.
Fans might have raised an eyebrow when Taylor Swift thanked her then-boyfriend "Adam" at the 2016 iHeartRadio Awards last April — but the deejay goes by Adam Richard Wiles when he's not spinning records. The Scottish musician told the Shortlist in 2009 that he decided to change his name "to exploit the racial ambiguity of his stage name," according to Esquire. "My first single was more of a soul track, and I thought Calvin Harris sounded a bit more racially ambiguous," he said. "I thought people might not know if I was black or not. After that, I was stuck with it."
Her real surname is Hall, as in Annie Hall, the character she played in the Woody Allen film of the same name, which won her an Oscar. Allen wrote the role specifically for the actress, whom he had previously dated, taking her real last name and combining it with her nickname, Annie, according to Stig Björkman's Woody Allen on Woody Allen: In Conversation with Stig Björkman. The actress originally changed her surname to Keaton, her mother's maiden name, because there was apparently another actress named Diane Hall in the Actors' Equity Association, according to Vogue.
The Oscar winner was born Eric Marlon Bishop but changed his name to the more gender-ambiguous Jamie Foxx during his days performing stand-up comedy. The actor-comedian chose the more femine-sounding name because female comedians were often called to the stage first, Yahoo reports. He chose "Foxx" in honor of Sanford and Sons' star Redd Foxx.
Born Peter Gene Hernandez, he later told Latina magazine, "My dad nicknamed me Bruno since I was 2 years old. "I was going to go by 'Bruno,' one name. Mars just kind of came joking around because that sounds bigger than life. That was it, simple as that."
Born Caryn Elaine Johnson, the Oscar winner has explained that her stage name "Whoopi" comes from whooppee cushion. "If you get a little gassy, you've got to let it go. So people used to say to me, 'You're like a whoopee cushion.' And that's where the name came from," she told The New York Times. Goldberg is her mother's maiden name, which she opted to use in the hope of being taken more seriously, stating in 2011 that: "My mother did not name me Whoopi, but Goldberg is my name, it's part of my family, part of my heritage. Just like being black."
It's hard to imagine the iconic actress by any other name, but Monroe went by several different monikers throuought her life, even before she landed in Hollywood. Monroe was bapitized Norma Jeane Baker, but the name on her birth certificate was Norma Jeane Mortenson. It changed again after she married James Dougherty and adopted his surname. She didn't legally change her name to Marilyn Monroe until 1956, but she had beem publicly known by the moniker since 1946. Ben Lyon, a 20th Century Fox executive, gave her the name Marilyn because she reminded him of actress Marilyn Miller. She picked Monroe after her mother's maiden name. She later went by Marilyn Monroe Miller, after marrying author Arthur Miller in 1956.
The actress changed her last name from Horowitz when she was asked how she would like to have her name appear on the credits of her first role. She suggested Ryder as Mitch Ryder's album was playing in the background.
Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, the singer started going by the name "Elton John" in honor of two blues legends: saxophonist Elton Dean and singer Long John Baldry.
Listen to John Legend and Kelly Clarkson’s updated version of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ .
The coaches from "The Voice" have covered the holiday classic with new lyrics updated for the #MeToo era.The two coaches from "The Voice" have released a version with updated lyrics of the song that first became a hit when it was included in the 1949 movie “Neptune’s Daughter.
— Share news in the SOC. Networks
Legend, Clarkson criticized for new ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ | ABC News
John Legend and Kelly Clarkson's new, reimagined version of the song is facing criticism from some people, including Dean Martin's daughter. LEARN MORE: ...
John Legend, Kelly Clarkson Reimagine 'Baby It's Cold Outside'
After John Legend and Kelly Clarkson announced they've reimagined the classic "Baby It's Cold Outside", Roz Weston and Morgan Hoffman react on "ET ...