- The Washington Times - Friday, December 20, 2019

Comedian Whitney Cummings revealed during Wednesday’s “Conan” that she was recently admonished by human resources for wishing colleagues “Merry Christmas.”

Ms. Cummings told TBS host Conan O’Brien that she was shocked when a TV show intern reported her to HR last year for using the festive phrase.

“I was leaving,” she said. “I was like, ‘Bye, guys, Merry Christmas.’ Like just a formality, what you would say.”

Ms. Cummings said it wasn’t until the show came back in June that she realized she was “in trouble.”

“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,’ ” she said.

Mr. O’Brien then made the argument that the phrase could upset people who don’t celebrate Christmas.

“That’s what I said,” Ms. Cummings agreed. “I was like, ‘What should I have said? Do they celebrate something else? And they’re like, ‘No, they’re agnostic.’ “

“I was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no,’ ” she exclaimed. “You do not get to do that, 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,” she added. “I also can’t guess, either, you know? I can’t guess your holiday based on what you look like. That’s offensive.”

Ms. Cummings later weighed in on the situation on Twitter.

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