Diane Sawyer On 'Drunk' Controversy: 'I Laughed'

03/13/2013 09:54 am 09:54:25 | Updated May 13, 2013

Diane Sawyer spoke out about the mockery she received on Election Night during an interview with Harper's Bazaar.

Sawyer's demeanor during her coverage of President Obama's re-election led many to suspect that she was drunk.

Speaking to Rita Wilson, Sawyer said she brushed off the criticism.

"I laughed, believe me," she said. "Thirty years on television... I really laughed." She added, "We're all in a world where these viral events can skew, or seem to skew, an entire career. And we're better than that ... people should be able to tell a joke that lands badly without it having to be a five-day referendum on their character."

Sawyer also told Wilson that she has always wanted to interview either the incoming or outgoing pope. "I feel I will not get that interview," she said, adding that she is "certain" it will not happen.

In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI became the first pope to ever participate in a television show. He resigned at the end of February, and Catholic cardinals are currently gathered at the Vatican for the papal conclave.

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