John Legend co-writes new take on ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend (pic right) and Kelly Clarkson, his fellow coach on The Voice, have joined forces on a reimagined version of the oft-criticised classic Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

The song, written by Frank Loesser in 1944, is a duet that has a man trying to convince a woman to stay overnight at his home on a cold winter’s night. It’s been a flashpoint of the #MeToo era, with foes calling it everything from sexist to an ode to date rape.

Legend and comedian Natasha Rothwell of HBO’s Insecure wrote the new take, which includes Clarkson leading the lyrics: “What will my friends think (I think they should rejoice)”. Gone are such lines as, “Say, what’s in this drink?” by the woman. The Grammy-winning Legend includes the song on a new expanded version of his first Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition, out November 8.

The original song won an Academy Award in 1949 after Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban performed it in the film Neptune’s Daughter. Among the famous who have reprised it are Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, and Fantasia and CeeLo Green.