Comedian Whitney Cummings says she was reported to a Human Resources department for saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to an intern on a television stage set, according to Mailonline.
Cummings described the incident, which she said happened last year, while appearing earlier this week on Conan.
HR staff proceeded to inform the 37-year-old, she said, that the intern became offended because she is agnostic and doesn’t celebrate Christmas.
Cummings said she contended that it isn’t her responsibility to figure out what her coworkers believe or cannot stand to hear spoken out loud.
“Last year, I was working on a TV show, got in trouble with Human Resources for saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to an intern,” Cummings told late-night host Conan O’Brien.
‘Is that true?’ O’Brien asked in shock.
Cummings explained that she had used the holiday greeting during an affectionate goodbye to staffers.
“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 p—– off that you said ‘Merry Christmas.'”
She didn’t specify which show she was working on, but it seems likely to have been the 2018 reboot of ABC’s Roseanne, which was canceled in the spring after Roseanne Barr set off a firestorm with a tweet about former President Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Cummings said that the HR employees told her that the intern was offended because she is agnostic and that she should have said ‘Happy Holidays.’
“I was like: ‘No, no, no, no, no. 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. I also can’t guess either, you know?’