Nikki Haley was not impressed with the Grammy Awards’ producers and their decision to have a number of recording artists and Hillary Clinton read excerpts from Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury.’
The United States Ambassador to the United Nations quickly took to Twitter after the segment aired on Sunday night, writing: ‘I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it. Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.’
It also marked the second time in the past week that the normally reserved Haley had very publicly attacked Wolff, having previously hit out at the writer last week after comments he made caused some to believe she was having an affair with President Trump.
Concerned Grammys viewer: Nikki Haley (above in December) derided the producers of Sunday night’s Grammy Awards for a segment that features Hillary Clinton reading ‘Fire and Fury’
Happy Hil: In the segment (above), Clinton had a giant grin as she read a passage about President Trump’s ‘longtime fear of being poisoned’
Succinct slam: ‘Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it,’ wrote Haley on Twitter
Haley first made her disdain over Hillary’s reading known four minutes before posting on her timeline, when she commented on a tweet from Washington Post reporter Anne Rumsey Gearan
‘Hillary Clinton doing a dramatic reading of “Fire and Fury” was worth waiting up for,’ said Gearan, who covered Clinton’s campaign for the paper.
The former governor of South Carolina did not mince words in her response to that opinion, writing: ‘I disagree. That part ruined the Grammys. Such a shame.’
Haley did not attack any of the celebrities involved in the segment, which in addition to Clinton included John Legend, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Snoop Dogg and Cher.
James Corden set up the segment by referencing how each year a Grammy is given for the Best Spoken Word Album, before throwing to a series of taped auditions that showed the artists reading from Wolff’s explosive account of President Trump’s White House.
The stars did an impressive job, with Cardi B proving to be the standout as she paused in disbelief at one point and said: ‘Why am I even reading this s**t? I can’t believe this. This is how he lives his life?’
Clinton’s instantly identifiable voice was the last one heard, with the former Secretary of State trying to keep her identity a surprise by hiding her face behind the book.
She was betrayed however in her attempt to male a big reveal by the red pantsuit she wore to the taping, which was very much visible and very clearly a sartorial choice unique to Clinton.
‘He had a longtime fear of being poisoned – one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made,’ read Clinton as she slowly pulled down the book to show her face.
At the end of her reading, Corden said: ‘That’s it – that’s the one!’
An excited Clinton, who won the Best Spoken Word Album prize in 1997 for her reading of ‘It Takes A Village,’ gleefully responded: ‘You think so? The Grammy is in the bag?’
The prize was a posthumous one for the winner of the category on Sunday, with the late Carrie Fisher getting her first Grammy for the reading of her 2016 book The Princess Diaries.
Haley previously commented on Wolff’s polarizing tome in an interview with Politico last week in which she responded to an allegation the author made while appearing on Real Time With Bill Maher.
Wolff was a guest on the show the day his book was released, and shared one story that he did not include in ‘Fire and Fury’ – that President Trump is having an affair with a member of his administration.
There were only a handful of options once family members and male staffers were removed form the equation, leading a number of people to assume Wolff was speaking about Haley.
In the interview, Wolff said that the story was ‘so incendiary’ and that because he ‘didn’t have the ultimate proof’ he not to publish it in the book.
He was more than happy to speak about this ‘incendiary’ allegation with Maher though, noting: ‘It’s toward the end of the book. You’ll know it. Now that I’ve told you, when you hit that paragraph you’re going to say, “Bingo.”‘
The always eloquent Maher then asked if this individual was ‘somebody [President Trump’s] f***ing now,’ to which Wolff replied: ‘It is.’
In his book, Wolff writes that Haley and President Trump have an incredibly close relationship that includes private meetings in the Oval Office and on Air Force One.
Haley said last week however that is all false, calling Wolff’s reporting ‘not true’ and his comments on Maher’s show ‘disgusting’ and ‘highly offensive.’
She then launched into her rebuttal, claiming: ‘I have literally been on Air Force One once, and there were several people in the room when I was there.’
This seems to check out, with the only recorded trip Haley has taken with President Trump on Air Force One coming back in July, when the two flew