John Legend and Kelly Clarkson perform updated version of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

The coaches from "The Voice" have covered the holiday classic with new lyrics updated for the #MeToo era.

Get the latest from TODAY

Sign up for our newsletter
SUBSCRIBE
/ Source: TODAY
By Scott Stump

John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have updated the Christmas tune "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for the age of #MeToo.

The two coaches from "The Voice" debuted their new version with a duet on the show Tuesday night to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Clarkson sparkled in a sapphire gown and Legend broke out the plaid suit in Christmas colors on the holiday-themed stage.

The duo first released their version of the holiday classic early last month, featuring updated lyrics of the song that initially became a hit when it was included in the 1949 movie “Neptune’s Daughter.”

Critics claimed the original lyrics hinted at date rape as a persistent man tries to convince a woman to stay the night by plying her with liquor and reminding her how cold it is outside.

The updated version appears on Legend’s Christmas album, "A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition," which was released on Nov. 8.

It swaps out new lines for some of the original lyrics: "I really can’t stay (but baby, it’s cold outside)/ I’ve got to go away (but baby, it’s cold outside)/ So very nice (I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice)/ My mother will start to worry (beautiful, what’s your hurry?)/ My father will be pacing the floor (listen to the fireplace roar)."

In the new version, that part is now: "I really can’t stay (baby, it’s cold outside)/ I’ve got to go away (I can call you a ride)/ This evening has been (so glad that you dropped in)/ So very nice (time spent with you is paradise)/ My mother will start to worry (I’ll call a car and tell 'em to hurry)/ My daddy will be pacing the floor (Wait, what are you still livin’ home for?)."

Another change includes Clarkson singing, "What will my friends think if I have one more drink?” before Legend replies, "It’s your body and your choice."

The daughter of the song's original writer, Broadway star Frank Loesser, told NBC News last year that she understood why women these days might take offense to the original lyrics.

“It’s a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties,” Susan Loesser said. “But ever since (Bill) Cosby was accused of drugging women, I hear the date rape thing all the time."

Legend reacted last month to critics, including Sharon Osbourne on "The View," who were upset that the original lyrics were changed to make them politically correct.

“First of all, there’s no side to be on,” he told People. “It’s just another version of the song. If you don’t wanna listen to it, you don’t have to. No one’s saying you can’t listen to the old version. Those versions all exist. People make new versions of songs all the time and we thought it’d be fun to update the song and make it more current."