About 5 minutes into the interview with Hayes Wednesday, 970 WFLA host Tedd Webb brought up comments that Hayes made regarding members of the United States Military back on Memorial Day weekend on his Sunday morning show "Up with Chris Hayes":
"I feel uncomfortable about the word hero because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.”
Immediately following the comments, Hayes was inundated with conservative backlash.
Hayes later apologized for his comments, but that did not prove enough for Webb: