Shortly after midnight ET on CNN on Monday, the network's Hurricane Irma coverage featured the kind of moment you don't get every day on cable news. Airing in the slot that would normally feature a rerun of Anthony Bourdain's “Parts Unknown” food tourism show, two on-air personalities ended up briefly discussing body image.
Don Lemon was at the anchor's desk and threw to Sara Sidner, who was outside in Daytona Beach, Florida. Sidner was describing the force of the 60 to 70 mph winds, giving various examples she had witnessed and/or experienced so far.
“What we're also seeing is a lot of projectiles, you've been hearing from everyone that that's the danger here,” she said. “The things that cover the lights are flying around. The tops of trash cans flying around. And this wind — I am not a small woman, as you know, Don. I am a chunky girl, and it is blowing me around when the gusts come really, really hard.”
Sidner also stressed that just because she was outside didn't mean most people should be, with reporters getting paid and choosing to be out there being the eyes and ears of people who aren't there or should be indoors. When she threw back to Lemon, he immediately addressed the “chunky” comment, of all things.
“Thank you, Sara Sidner,” he began. “You're a beautiful woman, no matter what size you are, and there's nothing wrong with having a little curve. Thank you, Sara, be safe out there, I appreciate it.”
Lemon then threw to a commercial break.
Watch the segment below, courtesy of CNN.