Whitmer: Shark Week comment was 'moment of levity' on a hot mic

Posted at 2:42 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 15:48:33-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she did not intend for her Shark Week comment to be caught on a live mic in an interview with 7 Action News.

Whitmer caught on hot mic: 'It's shark week mother f******'

"It's not just Shark Week, it's Shark Week mother f******," she said on video while smiling before her speech, which she gave at the UAW Local 652 in Lansing.

The comment got laughs from the people who were in the room at the time of the speech.

She described it as a moment of levity on a hot mic.

Whitmer said she tried to stay a little bit loose and made a joke that was "unfortunately" shared to the world.

She said there is a story behind the comment, although she did not disclose that to 7 Action News.