Woody Harrelson Ignored Backlash Over ‘SNL’ Covid Conspiracy Monologue: ‘I Don’t Look at That S—‘ and It Doesn’t ‘Change My Life One Bit’

Woody Harrelson ignited controversy at the end of February after his “Saturday Night Live” monologue revealed itself to be one long COVID conspiracy joke. Not that Harrelson ever saw the backlash against him online. In a new cover story for Esquire alongside his “White House Plumbers” co-star Justin Theroux, Harrelson said he does not read the internet and thus isn’t concerned by the controversy he caused.

“Well, people told me it was, shall we say, trending,” Harrelson said when asked about his polarizing “SNL” monologue. “No, I don’t look at that shit. I feel like, ‘I said it on “SNL.”‘ I don’t need to go further with it… other than to say — well, no, I won’t. Never mind. That’s enough.… But it don’t change my life one bit. Not one bit, if the mainstream media wants to have a go at you, right? My life is still wonderful.”

Harrelson spent the majority of his “SNL” monologue touting the “craziest script” he ever read. “So the movie goes like this,” he explained at the monologue’s climax. “The biggest drug cartels in the world get together and buy up all the media and all the politicians and force all the people in the world to stay locked in their homes. And people can only come out if they take the cartel’s drugs and keep taking them over and over.”