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Comedian Tina Fey swooped in to defend Michelle Wolf during a Thursday morning appearance on NBC’s Today show, arguing that Wolf “went and did her job” during the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday.
Fey joins a chorus of other Wolf defenders including Dave Chappelle, Kumail Nanjiani, and more who supported the comedian as she faced a tsunami of backlash following her 20-minute monologue on Saturday.
“Michelle went and did her job,” Fey said. “You can’t ask a coyote to guard the henhouse, and if you invite a comedian into that place where that tone is set, they’re going to give it to you straight. I think that’s pretty much what she did.”
Wolf was widely criticized by the Trump administration and the media after making comments about Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ serial lying. "I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye,” Wolf joked. “Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies."
“It’s the roughest room,” Fey said of the White House Correspondents’ dinner. The Mean Girls creator suggested if the organization doesn’t want someone with an “I don’t care what you think about this” mindset, the White House Correspondents' Association should hire a children’s choir.
In an interview with NPR’s “Fresh Air” on Monday, Wolf said that she “wouldn’t change a single word” of her routine. “I’m very happy with what I said, and I’m glad I stuck to my guns,” she explained.