Dan Le Batard Admits His Absurd Interview With Michele Tafoya ‘Went Off The Rails’

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Dan Le Batard wishes he could take back his outrageous interview with Michele Tafoya.

During an appearance on “The Dan Le Batard Show,” Tafoya claimed she felt “ambushed” after some outrageous lines of questioning. Specifically, she was drilled with questions about Florida’s bill limiting sex topics being taught to young children and was hammered on race issues.

Now, the former ESPN star wishes he could walk everything back.

“If I had some do-overs there, I would do it over, and I’m not sure I would even have run it given what the fallout was because we just went in circles. It was just combative. I didn’t think it was a good look for anybody,” Le Batard explained during an appearance on the “House of Strauss” podcast.

Not only does Le Batard wish the interview hadn’t gone down the way it did, he wants people to believe he went into it with pure intentions.

Dan Le Batard regrets Michele Tafoya interview. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“I really went into that conversation with Michele Tafoya hoping that the conversation would be, ‘Hey this was somebody I had a friendly, cordial relationship with. Let’s see if we make some art here reconnecting after 15 years. Not combative art, just catching up, because this bridge can be traversed by people who know each other a little bit.’ And then it went off the rails from the start … She felt like she had been lied to, but I really went into that interview hoping to talk to her about her career,” he further explained.

Dan Le Batard reflects on Michele Tafoya interview. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

When the interview dropped, it surprised a lot of people because it really did feel like Tafoya entered it with good intentions and was then walked into a buzzsaw.

It was painful to watch at times, especially when she was being pressed on the Florida bill. What does Michele Tafoya have to do with laws being passed about protecting children in schools in Florida?

Dan Le Batard admits Michele Tafoya interview “went off the rails.” (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The answer is nothing at all. Yet, if you watched his interview with Tafoya, you’d think she wrote the thing and single-handedly made sure it was passed.

I have no doubt Le Batard wishes he could have it back. The interview made him and his entire cast look juvenile and outrageous.

Dan Le Batard discusses infamous interview with Michele Tafoya. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Tafoya conducted herself at a high level and refused to buckle. There’s no question she came out the winner.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. LeBatard changed for the much, much, much worse when he fell in love with Bomani Jones. He actually used to be president funny, good sports talk in the am, and then it became a virtual signaling, “I’m smarter and more compassionate than all of the racists who voted for Donald Trump show.”

    Ruined…I tell my kids all the time, people judge not only you, but more importantly, they judge you off of those people you surround yourself with. Bomani Jones is historic ratings lows looking for a place to happen.

    People who listen to sports talk want sports talk. No politics. Never politics. Never ever never.

  2. There’s so much to Michelle Tafoya and her life experiences. Dan Le Turd and his minions ambushed her. I’ll bet she, being known as a sports commentator, expected to talk about sports on a sports talk show/podcast. Instead she gets ambushed because she isn’t woke enough for the guys who are not Le Turd.
    These males aren’t gentlemen. These males are trying to make money in the woke universe.
    I hadn’t seen/heard anything from his show in years. I probably won’t hear anything else from his show for the remainder of my life.

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