Comedian Whitney Cummings served as a co-showrunner on the short-lived “Roseanne” reboot, and now she’s revealing an incident that resulted in her being reported to Human Resources by an intern. Before she left the show, she says she told an internet who was working on the show “merry Christmas,” which did not go over well with the intern.
“Last year, I was working on a TV show, got in trouble with human resources for saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to an intern,” Cummings told Conan O’Brien on Wednesday. “That’s true. I was leaving … I was like, ‘Bye, guys. Merry Christmas.’ Like just a formality, what you would say. I come back, like, June 6th. HR calls me and they’re like, ‘Hey, we need to talk to you. One of the interns is pissed off that you said ‘Merry Christmas.’
“I don’t even care how your Christmas was,” Cummings joked.
It turns out the intern was agnostic and was offended by being told “merry Christmas.”
“I was like, no, no, no, no, no. You do not get to do that,” she said. “Because had I known that this person was agnostic, that would mean we were in a relationship, like, that would mean we were intimately connected.”
“I should not know who believes in God and who doesn’t. I also can’t guess either, you know?” she added.
Cummings talked to TMZ last year about “Roseanne” being cancelled after Roseanne Barr made racist comments.
“I don’t even know what to say other than it’s a real shame for everyone. All the cast and crew are so proud of all the work we did,” she said. “I think that everyone is just so desperate to preserve the legacy of a show that touched so many people…everyone’s trying to stop the bleeding and preserve all the damage that has been done.
“My heart’s broken about it so I don’t really have words at the moment. Maybe they can salvage the legacy but if it benefits [Barr] financially…it’s a bad move,” Cummings added.