A rep for the male-centered network said the reference will be cut from the telecast.
“We will remove the reference in the version that will air,” David Schwarz, Spike TV senior vice president of communications, said in a statement.
During the taping, while presenting “San Andreas” star Dwayne Johnson with a special award, Eastwood compared Johnson to other athletes-turned-actors like “Jim Brown and Caitlyn Somebody.”
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, made her debut as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair last week. The gold-medal Olympian’s transition from male to female will also be featured in an upcoming E! docu-series, “I Am Cait.”
The situation isn’t too different than a controversy that involved the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber in March. Several jokes about the late Paul Walker were made during the taping while Walker’s “Furious 7” co-star Ludacris was on the stage, and Comedy Central cut them out of the official broadcast that aired in late March.
Spike TV’s Guys’ Choice Awards will air June 18, hosted by “Empire” stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.