Jennifer Esposito: ‘Don’t attack me for saying Ha!’

Jennifer Esposito has responded to the backlash she received after commenting “Ha” on a post questioning the nature of her ex Bradley Cooper’s relationship with Oscars duet partner Lady Gaga.

The A Star Is Born actors raised eyebrows with their intimate performance of Shallow at the Academy Awards on Sunday night (24Feb19), leading comedian David Spade to comment: “Is there any chance these two aren’t f**king?”

Jennifer wrote “Ha” as a response to his remark, and found herself hitting headlines with the two-letter comment.


The NCIS star took to Instagram on Wednesday to respond to the “insanity” surrounding her remark, telling fans in a video: “You know so many people have been commenting about something that I said which was like this: ‘Ha.’ That was it. And in the way that it has spread. It was towards David Spade’s very outward statement about something about an ex, and I literally laughed at him because he was so bold in what he was saying. I thought it was funny and I’m allowed to think something is funny.”

“When you come and attack a person for saying ‘Ha’ – we have so many things going on in our country and in our world that need attention. And I wish that you’d spend even a minute of this insanity of nonsense on things that are really important. I could go through them, but I’m sure I’ll have people coming after me for those things.”

Jennifer, who was married to Bradley for four months in 2006, also took aim at those who suggested she had made the comment to get herself back in the news.

“And for other females to come after a female, on saying ‘Ha’ and how I’m an old lady and I need to feel relevant…” she continued. “I didn’t watch the Oscars; I don’t know what went on, I don’t care what went on. I commented on something that I thought was funny… And to find that people are making judgment calls about me or them or the people that the comment was about is really psychotic.

“I literally said, ‘Ha.’ It’s two letters and for that, you make character judgments. I feel bad for those people who are involved on the other side of the ‘Ha’ because it wasn’t at them, and I feel bad for you if you took your time to comment on such insanity today.”

Concluding her post, Jennifer told her followers: “The world is in a crazy place, please go do something positive. Peace.”