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Most Nervous to Deliver Kamala Harris Jokes at WHCD – The Hollywood Reporter



Roy Wooden Jr., who headlined the White Home Correspondents’ Affiliation dinner, is opening up in regards to the jokes he was most nervous about and the one which he thinks folks didn’t perceive.

Throughout Monday’s episode of The View, the comic recalled his set on the 2023 gala, particularly his jokes about Kamala Harris and Don Lemon.

Whereas delivering his speech Saturday evening, at one level he turned to the vp and mentioned, “I think the most insulting scandal to fall to the feet of the Biden administration was placed at the feet of our Madam Vice President — the scandal of ‘What does Kamala do?’ That’s a disrespectful question, because nobody ever asked that question of a vice president until a woman got the job.”

Wooden defined to The View hosts, that “it’s a joke about how that question, in my opinion, is an insult, because we didn’t really ask it of Mike Pence when he was running and hiding around the White House. … I think it was fair to at least point out some of the stuff that she’s done from a policy standpoint, and then flip it to sexism.”

The comic added that he was nervous at first as a result of if the primary joke didn’t land with Harris, “the next two minutes, I’m done.”

However on the opposite facet, he was nervous about folks “weaponizing” his jokes to cancel him or push an agenda.

He used his jokes in regards to the former CNN anchor who was terminated from the community final week for example, saying he seems like folks missed the joke. “I was trying to say there’s a man, regardless of what he did off-camera, on-air he represented the beliefs and the viewpoints of a lot of marginalized communities, and he fought for that on-air. And if he’s gone, I’m not sure that Charles Barkley is going to cover all of the boxes.”

Barkley and Gayle King are set to host a weekly primetime program, to be referred to as King Charles, later this yr.

The jokes that Wooden is referencing about Lemon from the WHCD evening, embrace, “Speaking of assholes, Don Lemon is out of a job. Don Lemon released a statement saying he got fired from CNN, then CNN released a statement saying that they offered Don a meeting. They had to part ways, ‘cause Don Lemon can’t even accurately report a story about Don Lemon. I still think that Don Lemon deserved more, CNN. That ain’t how you fire somebody. It’s messed up. How funny is it that you work in the news then watch on the news that you got fired from the news?”

Wooden’s joke continued, “Letting Don go was the wrong move. You shouldn’t have let him go, not this soon… You don’t fire your host after the first couple of scandals. The scandals got to stack up. You gotta get the ratings. Yes, Don Lemon was a diva and he said a couple of women were raggedy in the face. But that’s a promotion at Fox News!”

The comic went on to inform The View hosts that the joke was “about making sure there’s representation on the airways. … And that was completely missed and the headline was just, ‘You slammed Don Lemon.’ And I’m like. ‘OK, maybe, but also.’”

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