Meyers lead the charge of late-night hosts to come to Wolf’s defense after her appearance at the annual Washington D.C. event, for which the White House Correspondents Association delivered a semi-sorta apology, saying her routine had not been in the dinner’s spirit of “unity.”
“Just know, when you call her ‘filthy’ you are – so right! She is filthy!” Meyers beamed back at POTUS on Monday night. “And she is mean, which is what we love about her! Because those are wonderful qualities for a comedian – and terrible qualities for free-world leaders.”
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“If you ask me, Sarah Huckabee Sanders got off easy!” Meyers said – because Wolf got torched in some quarters for her cracks about the White House Press Secretary, who was acting as Trump’s surrogate on the dais.
Wolf, meanwhile, said in an NPR interview after the event that she accomplished her goal to “burn it to the ground” at Saturday’s dinner, and was surprised by reactions to her set. Sanders had it coming, Wolf insisted, having been hostile to the journalists earlier in the event when she pointedly declined to join everyone else on the dais in standing when some journalists were given awards for their work.
Meyers, championing Wolf’s performance, slammed the WHCA, whose president had praised Wolf’s “truth-to-power” style when it announced the gig, then issued that “oops” statement after the clambake.
“You hired her!” Meyers barked. “That’s like a parent sending an email saying ‘yesterday’s birthday party was meant to celebrate Kevin turning 6 years old; unfortunately the stripper’s dance routine was not in the spirit of the party’!”
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