Lily Tomlin Stormed Off ‘The Dick Cavett’ Show Because Of This Sexist Remark

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Some of the best moments in comedy come from spontaneity. Not every iconic line in a movie or comedy sketch came from the script. Often, that results in great laughs. But for Lily Tomlin on The Dick Cavett Show, one comment earned an angry departure instead of a laugh.

Host Dick Cavett had Tomlin and actor Chad Everett on his show. There, the host chatted with each, though the focus stayed mostly on Everett and his role in Medical Center. At the time of the episode, he had an upcoming special about animals. That topic drew intense criticism.

Chad Everett has a passion for animals

When not on Medical Center, Chad Everett tends to animals
When not on Medical Center, Chad Everett tends to animals / Everett Collection

On March 31, 1972, Dick Cavett hosted Chad Everett and Lily Tomlin on his show. The segment focused primarily on Chad Everett’s appearances on Medical Center and a special about animals. The program, It Takes A Lot of Love, aimed to bridge the gap between human and animal communications so pet owners could understand their fluffy friend’s needs.

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Things got off to a rocky start when Everett handed Tomlin a paperback with a brassiere in it. The garment was an open reference to Tomlin’s gender. The conversation moved on, however, to Everett’s love of animals. Upon Cavett’s query, Everett lists, “I have three horses, three dogs…and a wife.”

Tomlin teaches a lesson

Actress Lily Tomlin, 1978 / Everett Collection
Actress Lily Tomlin, 1978 / Everett Collection

The addition gained a few stray chuckles from the audience. “Want to think about the billing order, there?” Cavett asked. “No, no,” Everett assured. He went on, “She’s the most beautiful animal I own.” For a beat, only silence answered his statement.

Lily Tomlin promptly left The Dick Cavett Show after Chad Everett's sexist remark
Lily Tomlin promptly left The Dick Cavett Show after Chad Everett’s sexist remark / YouTube screenshot

Then, Tomlin got to her feet with a gasp. “You own?” she asked as Cavett said, “Wow.” Tomlin then walked across the stage, stating, “I have to leave.” In contrast to the silence Everett’s comment received, Lily Tomlin earned applause from the audience as she walked out, straightening her suit as she went. It’s perhaps best Tomlin didn’t have to hear the comments Everett made after, which can be heard in the video below.

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