A writer for HBO’s “Veep” admitted it used a “well-known rumor” about Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for a joke on the show.
“Veep” writer David Mandel admitted the joke’s inspiration came from a rumor that Klobuchar previously made her staffers shave her legs, according to Slate.
“It is a well-known rumor that we were told a million times by millions of people,” Mandel said.
The writer shared the scene on Twitter, writing that “the rumors are true.”
During the segment, one character shares how she had to shave her fictional boss’s legs.
“I once dry-shaved that woman’s legs under her desk during a cabinet meeting,” the show’s staffer, played by Anna Chlumsky, said.
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— David Mandel (@DavidHMandel) February 11, 2019
“Any time I brought her up [with people in D.C.], someone would tell us that story as a rumor,” Mandel said.
“I sort of believe it is what it is: which, it is a rumor,” he added. “It was such a good rumor we used it as a line.”
The “Veep” writer said the show tried to incorporate a scene of a staffer shaving the boss’s legs but that it “makes no f**king sense” in any circumstance.
A representative for Klobuchar denied the rumor, telling Slate that it’s “ridiculous.”
As IJR Red reported, the Minnesota senator is coming under fire for several accusations of mistreating staff, as well as for her apparent “vindictive, mystifying and counterproductive” behavior toward former staff. Additionally, she’s getting slammed for allegedly calling former staffers’ future employers to have their job offers rescinded out of punishment.
With “Veep” now incorporating some of the accusations into its show, it looks like the “rumors” are not likely to vanish.