While pre-taping the ceremony on Saturday night, Eastwood, 85, was introducing actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and remarked on the San Andreas star’s transition from athlete to actor. According to USA Today, Eastwood then reportedly compared Johnson’s career leap to those of “Jim Brown and Caitlyn Somebody.”
The show, which was filmed at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City, California, was dubbed “unpredictable” by Spike TV in press materials, USA Today reported.
The joke will be removed from the broadcast on June 18, David Schwarz, Spike TV senior vice president of communications, told PEOPLE via email on Monday.
Jenner, 65, who first made her debut last week, has faced some critics since unveiling her new look on the cover of Vanity Fair. The former Olympian has especially received backlash from those who disagree with ESPN’s decision to award her the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on July 15.
“This year, we are proud to honor Caitlyn Jenner embracing her identity and doing so in a public way to help move forward a constructive dialogue about progress and acceptance,” ESPN said in a statement on Wednesday.