I think he handled it amazing. Slowing his speech down and speaking syllable by syllable, often stressing the 'S' in religionssssss to highlight that he writes about all religions.
Also some funny exchanges:
"You're a Muslim, why did you write a book about Christianity?"
- To be clear, I am a scholar of religion with four degrees, including one in the new testament, fluent in bibilcal greek, who has been studying the origins of christianity for 2 decades.
"Yes, but why would you be interested in the founder of Christianity?"
- Because it's my JOB as an academic, that's what I do for a living actually.
"That's like a Democrat writing a book about why Reagan wasn't a good Republican."
- It would be like a Democrat with a PhD in Reagan who has been studying his life and history for 2 decades writing a book about Reagan.
Then he goes on to explain to her how debate in the context of scholarship works as if she's 10 years old all while calling her out for not even having read his book while trying to insinuate it must be biased.
And ending with this:
"Yes but in your other media appearances you never disclosed that you were a Muslim and I believe that's interesting for disclosure."
- Actually the second page of my book says I'm a Muslim. Every single interview I have ever done says I'm a Muslim, I would encourage you to try to find media that doesn't mention my biography.
I think he totally embarrassed her on every single exchange, and topped it off by speaking to her as if she were a child, syllable by syllable, since she was essentially acting like one. This aggressive approach many of these hosts have been taking in more modern days in some effort to try to make up for the fact that they don't often know what they're talking about has been irritating me quite a bit, it's nice to see a guest handle it so well.