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Media restricted from Television Academy event honoring Samantha Bee following controversy: report
Reporters were barred from entering a Television Academy reception for an event honoring TBS late-night host Samantha Bee on Thursday, the same day she faced a firestorm in the media for using a slur to refer to the president's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump.
A spokesperson for the organization told The Hollywood Reporter and other media outlets that press would not be allowed to enter the reception ahead of the awards ceremony "as a result of today's events involving Samantha B," according to the Reporter.
Bee's show "Full Frontal" and its cast members are set to be recognized at the Thursday night event just hours after the host and network apologized for her crude Wednesday night monologue in which she referred to Trump as a "feckless c---."
The left-of-center political show lost two major sponsors over Bee's comments, despite her apology for the "inappropriate and inexcusable" tirade against Trump.
TBS has indicated that it will not punish Bee further for her on-air tirade.