Fox News personality Laura Ingraham and network contributor Raymond Arroyo were discussing "all those woke storylines in so many shows today" when Arroyo mentioned he'd recently watched an episode of the Netflix show You that had to do with measles.
Their exchange got weird from there once the duo launched into a bizarre "Who's on first?"-style exchange that probably brought to mind much happier memories of Abbott & Costello routines.
You can watch what happened in the video below.
"Wait wait wait, when did I mention measles?" Ingraham asked while Arroyo tried to explain what the contents of the episode entailed.
Things grew more odd when Arroyo attempted to clarify his remarks. When he explained that "the measles were on You," Ingraham appeared even more confused, saying:
"What was on me? What are you talking about? I never had the measles."
Of course, this exchange should have tipped anyone off to the hoax because Arroyo never said anything about having the measles.
The two went back and forth and when Arroyo, appearing exasperated, insisted that what he was referring to "was on You," Ingraham replied:
"There's a show called Laura Ingraham on Netflix?"
We're pretty certain Laura Ingraham would know if there is "a show called Laura Ingraham on Netflix" because she happens to be Laura Ingraham.
Nevertheless, the exchange quickly went viral and it had social media users rolling their eyes hard.
Among them: Actual comedian Tim Heidecker, who said the whole bit was clearly "pre-planned."
Are people this literal that they don't understand this was a little pre planned bit? Jesus Christ. https://t.co/WrgN3l3vkf
— Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) November 16, 2021
But pre-planned or not, it left many viewers scratching their heads.
This is a parody...
I mean Ms. Ingraham thinks so much of herself that she just don't get it or they so full of guilt everything pertains to them or is she just that slow?
Is she as goofy as she seems? https://t.co/bk55sQuts0
— 9 Minutes 29 Seconds (@TeeFranks3) November 16, 2021
What the fuck is this?? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/Hu1V891wM8
— KillerMantis00⚡ (@KillerMantis00) November 16, 2021
Fox Exec: Laura, your ratings are down. We need to see some new shit. Maybe it's time to bust out that Abbott and Costello routine you did on Epstein's island a couple of years ago. https://t.co/lUJlNNh1m2
— Joe Internet (@gregabbott678) November 16, 2021
I just want to point out that a fair amount of the population gets their news from these morons. There's a reason people think eating horse paste is a legit alternative to getting vaccinated. https://t.co/t7GaTA9oHf
— Jess Place (@jezru) November 16, 2021
I.....but.....how the............wat? https://t.co/muzcAHMpxR
— LittleGambit (@gambit_little) November 16, 2021
Wait is this for real? Or are they trying to be fUnNy? https://t.co/ecXVWACRPQ
— Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) November 16, 2021
For reference, the measles storyline Arroyo referred to can be found in "Missing White Woman Syndrome," the third episode of the popular show's latest season.
And there's someone who knows a thing or two about that episode–and You in general–who didn't seem all that impressed: the show's star, Penn Badgley.
Badgley agreed with Tim Heidecker's earlier assessment: What had gone viral was definitely pre-planned, though he did praise Arroyo's delivery.
Definitely a bit. His delivery is great tho https://t.co/8UFfy7IpZf
— Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) November 16, 2021
Overall, while Ingraham and her show certainly have enough critics who would probably love her to leave television, we doubt her next career move will be in comedy.