Comedian Samantha Bee is back on television, saying she’s angry that the controversy over her use of boorish nickname to describe Ivanka Trump distracted from more crucial matters.
NEW YORK (NEWS AGENCY) – Comedian Samantha Bee is back on her TBS show Wednesday, apologizing again for using a boorish nickname to describe Ivanka Trump but expressing anger that the resultant controversy distracted from more crucial matters.
President Donald Trump had her fired for her comments on last week’s episode of “Full Frontal”, but TBS accepted her apology.
Instantly addressing the matter at the opening of her show, Bee said she hated to “contribute to the nightmare of twenty-four-hour news cycles that we’re all white-knuckling through.”
“I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting … than this juvenile immigration policy,” she said.
Bee had called Ivanka Trump an offensive word in an effort to encourage her to talk to her father about changing policy where children of people entering the country illegally are being apprehended.
Cameras showed four dour-looking men dressed in suits with their hands on red buttons, whom she introduced as her show’s new sensors.
“Civility is just nice words,” she said. “Maybe we should all worry about the civility of our actions.”
The erstwhile cast member on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart now has one of TBS’ most popular shows. After Bee regretted in a statement last week, TBS said the network also was at fault for allowing the word through. “Full Frontal” does not air live, so the network has time to edit it.
“It is a word I have used on the show many times, hoping to reclaim it,” Bee said on Wednesday. “I used it as an insult, I crossed a line, I regret it and I do apologize for that. The problem is that many women have heard that word in the worst moments of their lives. A lot of them don’t want it reclaimed. They want it gone, and I don’t blame them.”
“I don’t want to inflict more pain on them,” she said. “I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest and I never intended to hurt anyone, except Ted Cruz.”
After drawing a laugh at the mention of the Texas senator, Bee said that many men were also offended by her language. “I do not care about that,” she said.