Comedian Kathy Griffin had an expletive-laden altercation with a White House official, according to a reporter who sat at her table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)
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Comedian Kathy Griffin made her presence known at the White House Correspondents' Dinner by angrily confronting a White House official as he walked by her table.
Here's what happened
A reporter at the Washington Blade, who sat with the comedian during the dinner, witnessed the "awkward" ordeal. Kevin Naff said that Griffin was invited to the event by the Blade, an LGBT news publication.
Griffin reportedly accosted Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley as he tried to squeeze by their table.
“How do you sleep at night?” she asked him.
“Very well, thank you," Gidley responded.
When Griffin replied that she doubted his claim, he said, “Are we really going to do this?”
Naff said Griffin shot back, “Yes we are, suck my d**k! No, really, suck my d**k!”
They had a tense tete-a-tete until Gidley ended the interaction by saying that he was going to drink his beer, of the Mexican brand Tecate, “before we build the wall and you can’t get these anymore.”
Griffin responded with a "F*** you."
The Michelle Wolf controversy
Naff also defended comedian Michelle Wolf from detractors who said her jokes were ill-conceived and went too far.
"I was surprised by the mainstream media’s depiction of Wolf having bombed and offended the room," Naff said. "She did what any fearless comedian should do in that moment — skewer everyone and make us all laugh at ourselves."
Griffin has been an outspoken critic of the president, but she got intense blowback from a crude photo shoot where she held up a prop that looked like President Donald Trump's severed head. After a public outcry, Griffin apologized but later claimed she was blacklisted by the entertainment industry and revoked her apology.
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Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News.