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Michelle Wolf defends Sarah Huckabee Sanders roast, says press secretary has ‘Mario Batali of personalities’


Michelle Wolf attends a party after the White House Correspondents' Dinner last month. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Netflix)

Comedian Michelle Wolf doubled down on her controversial jokes about Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Sunday, blasting the White House press secretary's "ugly personality."

Wolf defended her seething White House Correspondents' Dinner roast of Sanders during the premiere of her new Netflix show, saying the monologue had nothing to do with the spokeswoman's physical appearance.

"That was not a looks-based joke, that was about her ugly personality," the 32-year-old entertainer said of Sanders during the first episode of "The Break."

Wolf followed up the jab with an elusive but clearly corrosive comparison, saying Sanders has "the Mario Batali of personalities."

Batali, a celebrity chef and wealthy restaurateur, is under NYPD investigation over allegations he drugged and raped a woman at his Greenwich Village eatery.

Sanders did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily News on Monday.

Wolf drew a mixed bag of praise and rebuke after she went off on Sanders during the Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C., on April 28.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders gestures as she speaks to the media during a briefing on March 9.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders gestures as she speaks to the media during a briefing on March 9. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

"She burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye," Wolf said of Sanders, who's frequently criticized for giving misleading statements to reporters.

Critics accused Wolf of making fun of Sanders' physique. President Trump, who didn't attend the traditional press corps dinner, claimed Wolf "bombed" her appearance and called for an end to the annual event.

During Sunday's Netflix premiere, Wolf also took a shot at Trump's recently approved CIA Director Gina Haspel, who's faced scrutiny for her role in the agency's since-defunct torture program.

"Who knew you could waterboard a glass ceiling 'til it broke?" Wolf said, referencing the metaphorical barrier keeping women and minorities out of high-ranking positions.

Wolf circled back to Sanders during her Haspel spat as well.

"After Gina was nominated, my best friend Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted 'any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite,'" Wolf said. "Well, if anyone's an expert on hypocrites, it's Sarah Huckabee Sanders."