NOT REAL NEWS: Comedian not fired from Comedy Central

May 15, 2018
FILE - In this March 24, 2018 file photo, Michelle Wolf arrives at the 6th Annual Hilarity For Charity Los Angeles Variety Show in Los Angeles. On Friday, May 11, 2018, The Associated Press has found that stories circulating on the internet that Wolf was fired from her Comedy Central show after the White House Correspondents Dinner are untrue. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Michelle Wolf doesn’t have a show on Comedy Central, wasn’t fired from it and the network hasn’t apologized for her remarks about Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the White House Correspondents Dinner, despite several online stories about Wolf’s speech.

The reports emerged from an uproar over her jokes about the White House press secretary at the dinner April 28 in Washington.

Wolf worked on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” but network spokesman Steve Albani says she left of her own accord late last year. The inaccurate articles identify Comedy Central’s CEO as Art Tubolls, but the network has never had a CEO, according to Albani, and the president of Comedy Central is Kent Alterman.

Albani also said Comedy Central didn’t apologize to Sanders.

Another story said online streaming provider Hulu canceled a standup comedy special with Wolf. Her publicist, Lewis Kay, said Wolf has never had a relationship with Hulu.

The stories appear to have originated on the Daily World Update site. Founder Christopher Blair said in an email that the site is satirical and he does not present it as a source of news.


This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.


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