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QUOTES FROM THIS 'LARRY KING NOW' INTERVIEW WITH WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY:

*Posted Online on Ora.TV on May 13th 2016:

“(Laughs) I can neither confirm nor deny, but my hair is very luxurious…It’s not me, surprisingly.” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on whether or not she’s the highly speculated ‘Becky with the nice hair.’

“I thoroughly enjoyed myself. That was very sweet of USA Today to give us invitations and I was there in Washington lobbying with the Creative Coalition, so I got to attend as USA Today’s guest and that was just—you know, it’s a historical dinner. It’s Obama’s last one in the White House.” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on attending the White House Correspondents Dinner and lobbying with the Creative Coalition beforehand.

“I think he did make it a little tough on Larry Wilmore because he was flawless, and people were there to celebrate him I felt for the most part. They wanted to laugh. They wanted everything to be great and Larry came out and let the axe fall on several people. Not that it wasn’t funny but when you’re sitting in the same room with those people, it sounds like there’s not a lot of laughter going on but there is.” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on Obama’s speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner and how it raised the bar for Larry Wilmore.

“We were there to talk to senators about not decreasing the funding for the arts. So not decreasing the amount spent on the national endowment for the arts.” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on lobbying with the Creative Coalition, a nonprofit public charity that tackles issues of direct importance to the arts and entertainment community, public funding for the arts, and arts education in public schools.

“I don’t know if we got anywhere…They’re not crazy about the arts. ‘Arts’ is kind of a dirty word for them in a climate right now where people in congress are reluctant to even spend money fighting the Zika virus and that is not a joke. That is not a joke.” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on lobbying to a republican dominated senate.

“Look, if we want to remain at the forefront of technology as a nation, we’ve got to teach kids how to think creatively and they can’t do that if they’re just learning how to take standardized tests, which is pretty much what the public schools are teaching them. That’s not a skill that translates anything.” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on the importance of arts education in public schools.

“It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, I’m a citizen of this country so it also scares me half to death. But I’m sure the rest of the world is having a nice big laugh.” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on this year’s election season.

“I’m supporting the person who will win which is Hillary…I’m pretty confident…I gotta have faith, Larry, that when push comes to shove, everybody’s gonna come to their senses, even him. I think that at some point he’s got to say, ‘You know what I am full of it. Even I don’t believe what I’m saying.’ In the wee small hours, he’s got to think that but who knows. Maybe a year from now I’ll be sitting here with you saying, ‘Boy I was wrong on that one.’” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on her candidate of choice and the possibility of a Trump in the White House.

“WriteGirl is one of my favorite organizations. They take teenage girls from 14 to 18 and they teach them how to write creatively- from songwriting to poems to essays to novels- and all of these girls end up getting into college. It’s an amazing program that teaches girls to write…Every year they do a thing where the girls spend all day writing comedy sketches and then they have celebrities come and perform the sketches. And I’ve done it two years in a row and those girls have chops. I laughed harder at some of the things these 15 year olds wrote than I have on any sketch comedy show on tv in ages and ages. I’m very happy to be supporting that.” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on her involvement in WriteGirl.

“My take on it is that in my case, what happens is whoever shows up to the negotiation first gets the biggest chunk of the pie. Whoever has the best lawyers, gets the most money. So by the time it comes down to the supporting cast, which is usually what I am in movies, we all end up getting favored nations. There’s no room for us to get anything other than scale.” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on Hollywood pay equity.

The show ‘Broad City’ on Comedy Central. Give yourself that gift, Larry. Give yourself that gift…Two crazy girls. Two crazy twenty somethings trying to navigate New York City. It is so funny and raw and weird. That’s how I get my ab exercises in for the day is I watch ‘Broad City.’” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on what always makes her laugh.

“I would have some kind of universal healthcare for everybody, but actual ‘universe.’” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on the one thing she would change about the world.

“I was thrilled to meet Gabby Giffords and I never get excited. She’s a great woman. I never take pictures with people. I never ask but she was one that I just couldn’t...” — Wendy McLendon-Covey on who she was most excited to meet at the White House Correspondents Dinner.