'What I said was a joke'

By Maureen Lee Lenker
July 27, 2017 at 07:28 PM EDT
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Girls Trip breakout star Tiffany Haddish has been experiencing the pros of her newfound fame — and now the cons. So she’s setting the record straight.

Last week, Haddish raised the ire of the internet when she said in an interview that she would like to work with Bill Cosby. When The Los Angeles Times asked about her comedic inspirations, she named the former TV star who’s been embroiled in sexual assault allegations the past couple years, a recent lawsuit against him ending in a mistrial. “I still want to work with Bill Cosby, I don’t care, I’ll drink the juice. I’ll drink the juice. I’ll take a nap. I don’t give a damn,” she said. “But seriously, I would love for him to play my grandfather in something.”

On Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour, while promoting her upcoming show The Last O.G. where she plays Tracy Morgan’s ex-wife, Haddish was asked about her comments and the backlash that ensued.

“What I said was a joke,” Haddish said, per Variety. “I don’t know if you’ve ever been interviewed before. You do 27 interviews and you’re supposed to be humorous all that time. You’re gonna say some bad jokes. You’re gonna come up with a few not-good jokes. I was trying to make it seem like I’m not afraid to do anything. I’m not afraid of any kind of job, I’m not afraid to play any kind of role, as long as it doesn’t compromise my morals.”

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Haddish went on to comment on her own difficult upbringing, noting, “I’ve been through things. I’ve been victimized.” Explaining that her own background is what prompted the joke, she says she merely wanted to express that the prospect of Cosby didn’t frighten her.

“I don’t agree with what he did,” she added, “but at the end of the day, I’m not afraid of the big bad wolf. That’s what I was trying to say and I was trying to say it in a humorous way.”

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