Michelle Wolf Isn't Sorry About Her Press Dinner Jokes

'I wouldn't change a single word'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2018 3:41 AM CDT
"She did not pull any punches and some people were offended … presumably those people who have been in a coma for the last 18 months," Colbert said.   (Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via AP, File)
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(Newser) – Michelle Wolf isn't exactly overflowing with contrition amid heavy criticism of her controversial routine at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner. "I wouldn't change a single word that I said," the comedian tells NPR in an interview set to air Tuesday. "I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns." Wolf, denounced by President Trump as a "filthy" comedian who "totally bombed," says she is surprised—but not disappointed—with the level of controversy, Rolling Stone reports. She says she wanted to cater to the outside audience, not the room, at the glitzy Washington event, and she kept a note from a friend that said: "Be true to yourself. Never apologize. Burn it to the ground."

Wolf, agreeing with interviewer Terry Gross' suggestion that it may be "a little bit sexist" for people to expect Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be "protected" from jokes, says she didn't actually insult the White House press secretary's appearance. "If there is two people that I actually made fun of their looks on Saturday it was Mitch McConnell and Chris Christie and no one is jumping to their defense," she says. The Hollywood Reporter notes that late-night hosts including Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, and Trevor Noah defended the former Daily Show correspondent Monday night. "This was a roast," said Colbert, who hosted the dinner in 2006. "Being mad at her for doing her job is like being mad at the valet for briefly stealing your car."

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