In the recent incident at The Hundred 2023 tournament, there was quite a stir when English TV personality Chris Hughes, who is working as a host, got flirty with Australian woman cricketer Maitlan Brown during a sideline interview. The unexpected exchange caught everyone off guard.
During the interview, Maitlan Brown was talking about her team, Southern Brave, and their bonding activities. She mentioned how the team watched the movie “Barbie” together, emphasizing the importance of bonding for their success in the tournament.
In response, Chris Hughes made a flirty remark, saying, “You’re a little Barbie yourself, aren’t you, with your blue eyes.” This caused Brown to laugh, and Hughes continued, “She’s blushing now.” However, his comment faced strong criticism from netizens on social media, who deemed it inappropriate.
The incident even caught the attention of the BBC spokesperson, who issued a warning to Chris Hughes, stating that his comment was not appropriate.
Chris Hughes, known for his appearances on reality shows like Love Island, has been hosting various television programs, including live horse racing coverage for ITV and BBC Sport coverage for England’s The Hundred tournament.
Overall, the incident sparked backlash and raised questions about maintaining professionalism while conducting interviews, especially in the context of women’s cricket and sports in general.