Samantha Bee on profane remark about Ivanka Trump: ‘I hate that this distracted from more important issues’
Samantha Bee on Wednesday opened her show by addressing the controversy surrounding her use of a vulgar term to describe President Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, last week.
Bee apologized for the remark and for distracting the public “from more important issues.”
“I hate that this distracted from more important issues. I hate that I did something to contribute to the nightmare of 24-hour news cycles that we’re all white-knuckling through,” she said on her TBS show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”
“I should have known that a potty-mouth insult would be inherently more interesting to them [news media] than juvenile immigration policy,” she continued. “I would do anything to help those kids. I hate that this distracted from them. So to them, I am also sorry.”
The Wednesday night show marked Bee’s first since she called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c—” during a segment about the Trump administration enforcing a policy that separates migrant children from their parents.
The comment drew widespread backlash and prompted some companies to pull their advertisements from her show.
Trump questioned last week why Bee had not been fired by TBS, deeming it a “double standard.”
“Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show?” he tweeted. “A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!”
Bee said that she had used the word on the show many times before out of a desire to “reclaim it” for women. But she acknowledged on Wednesday that she “crossed the line” and that many women “don’t want that word reclaimed — they want it gone.”
“I crossed the line. I regret it and I do apologize for it,” Bee said. “The problem is, a lot of women have been called that at the worst time in their lives. I don’t want to inflict more pain on them.”
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, TBS is planning to increase its oversight of Bee’s show to prevent future incidents that could prompt advertisers to flee from the program.