CMT’s Katie Cook was recently forced to cut short her interview with amiable country hitmaker Martina McBride when the singer showed up drunk and would not stop cracking wildly inappropriate dead baby jokes.
The interview got off to an unusual start when McBride refused to answer Cook’s first question, instead insisting on inverting the familiar interview format by asking Cook questions of her own. When a startled Cook had no adequate response to McBride’s first query – “Why did the baby cross the road?” – McBride delightedly supplied the answer herself: “It was stapled to the chicken!” McBride then stuck her clenched fist in Cook’s direction and demanded that she “pound it” to express her approval, apparently an ironic gesture intended to poke fun at fraternity jocks.
When Cook tried to regain control of the interview by asking about the music video for “I Just Call You Mine,” Martina frowned, apparently irked at the interruption. Without any warning, she launched into her next question, this one inexplicably delivered in falsetto: “How many babies does it take to paint a house?” Taken aback as much by the falsetto as she was by the question, Cook shrugged. With great relish, McBride delivered the punchline: “Depends how hard you throw them!” McBride then requested that Cook join her for a “high five, low five, on the side,” culminating in a “pound it.”
In a rare moment of discomposure near the end of the interview, the usually unflappable Cook commented: “That’s just really inappropriate, Martina, and I am appalled at your behavior here today.”
“You know what else is inappropriate?” asked Martina, a wicked gleam in her eye.
“What’s that?” responded Cook, hoping the interview was back on track.
Martina cackled: “A dead baby.”
It’s unclear when or if the interview will air on CMT. McBride’s behavior has become increasingly erratic ever since she started hanging out with crowds of goth kids around Nashville in an apparent effort to rekindle her youth.