Michelle Wolf says she has absolutely no regrets about the ribald, take-no-prisoners monologue she delivered to a packed room of journalists and politicos at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
"I wouldn't change a single word that I said. I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns," Wolf told Terry Gross in an interview on NPR's "Fresh Air" airing Tuesday.
"A friend of mine who helped me write, he gave me a note before I went on – which I kept with me – which was, 'Be true to yourself. Never apologize. Burn it to the ground' …
"I think sometimes they look at a woman and they think 'Oh, she'll be nice,' and if you've seen any of my comedy you know that I don't – I'm not."
The flame-haired comic has been under fire for poking fun at President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders among others with jokes that even the head of the journalists' group said went too far.
And after the gala, which Trump did not attend, he tweeted:
Of Sanders, Wolf cracked: "I actually really like Sarah. I think she's very resourceful. But she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye … Like maybe she's born with it, maybe it's lies. It's probably lies."
Referencing Trump and the Stormy Daniels scandal, she quipped: "Like a porn star says when she's about to have sex with the president, let's get this over with."
While her routine was condemned by some and praised by others, Wolf, a writer for "The Daily Show," told Gross she has no regrets.
"I don't pull punches. I'm not afraid to talk about things. And I don't think they expected that from me. I think they still have preconceived notions of how women will present themselves and I don't fit in that box," she said.
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