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Watch a Lebanese Female TV Host Shut Down a Rude Male Guest

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A male Lebanese scholar was promptly shut down by a female host on a talk show after telling her bluntly to “shut up, so I can talk.”

During a Mar. 2 discussion on Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed TV about Christians joining Islamic groups, Islamist scholar Hani Al-Seba’i was giving his take on the historical context when host Rima Karaki tried to ask a more specific question.

He told her not to cut him off, to which she responded, “In this studio, I run the show,” according to a YouTube clip with English subtitles uploaded by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Al-Seba’i says he will answer the questions the way he wants to answer them and, when told that time was running out, adds: “Are you done? Shut up, so I can talk.”

“How can a respected sheikh like yourself tell a TV host to shut up?!” Karaki responds.

“It’s beneath me to be interviewed by you,” the sheikh fires back.

The two-and-a-half-minute exchange ends with Karaki getting the better of her guest, telling him: “Just one second. Either there is mutual respect, or the conversation is over.”

The interview has been watched more than 2.6 million times on YouTube, and Karaki has been retweeting supportive comments:

@KarakiRima I respect your decision to reassert control of your own interview. #thumbsup

— Ⓙⓔⓕⓕ Ⓐⓑⓡⓐⓜⓞ 🍊 (@JeffAbramo) March 6, 2015

(h/t The Guardian)

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