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Bee, whose TBS show Full Frontal earned nominations for best variety talk series and best writing in a variety talk series last year (the show won for best writing for a variety special for its Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner), earned another Emmy nom this year despite sparking controversy when she referred to Ivanka Trump as a “feckless c—t” on an episode of her show in May.
Following her nomination, Bee said, “It’s been an interesting year for the show, to say the least, and none of it would have been possible without each person on my staff and each suit at TBS (it’s OK to say that — they’re very nice suits). TBS bravely put a woman over 45 on TV, and in turn I only got yelled at by the president once. We have some seriously special people on our staff, and hearing them go crazy in the office right now is just the medicine this world needs.”
The comedian apologized the next day after her Trump comment. “I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night,” Bee said. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”
Advertisers for Full Frontal, such as Autotrader.com and State Farm, pledged to pull their marketing from the show after Bee’s comment.
Following the incident, network management at TBS increased scrutiny over Bee’s show, a source with knowledge of the situation told THR, trying to prevent another incident that could scare off advertisers.
Still, some supported Bee, including former Daily Show host Jon Stewart (with whom Bee worked from 2011-2015), who shifted the blame to the political right, calling the outrage a “game.”
On her show the following week, Bee apologized on-air, saying she had “regret” over the remark. “I crossed the line. I regret it and I do apologize for that,” Bee said. “The problem is that many women have heard that word at the worst moments of their lives … and don’t want it reclaimed. I don’t want to inflict more pain on them. I want this show to be challenging, and I want it to be honest.”
In addition to Full Frontal‘s nomination for best variety talk series, the show also earned a nom for best live variety special for its “Great American Puerto Rico” episode in March.
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