Dave Chappelle on Monday defended fellow comedian Michelle Wolf for her controversial White House correspondents' dinner speech, saying he thought it was “cathartic.”

“I don’t know who those people think they are that she can’t say that to them, cause they offend people all the time. And I think that for many people … it’s cathartic to watch that woman speak truth to power like that,” Chappelle told "PBS NewsHour."

Chapelle said Wolf deserves respect, whether or not you agree with what she said.

“But it was very flat-footed and it was grounded in her truth and whether I agree with it or not, I gotta respect the artistry. I gotta respect the gangsta," Chapelle said.


Chappelle also said he knows how hard it is to get in front of a “lame” or difficult crowd but applauded Wolf for holding her own.

“I think she nailed it. I thought it was beautiful,” Chappelle said. “I didn’t see her pander once and I thought that was beautiful.”

Wolf targeted more than just President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE at Saturday’s annual gala.

She also hit Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceStephen Miller's uncle says he donated to pro-refugee group as wedding 'gift' Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Trump's 'two steps forward, one step backward' strategy with China MORE, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Bernie Sanders's Super Tuesday problem Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength MORE, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpManufacturers group kicks off campaign to close the industry's skills gap Fed chief issues stark warning to Congress on deficits Rally crowd chants '46' for Donald Trump Jr. MORE, Democrats, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and senior presidential adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayBrazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record Conway: Reported sexist Bloomberg remarks 'far worse' than what Trump said on 'Access Hollywood' tape Candidates make electability arguments, talk Bloomberg as focus turns to more diverse states MORE.

Despite backlash, Wolf stood her ground on Monday.

"I wouldn't change a single word that I said. I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns," Wolf said.