Samantha Bee Tells TBS "Delete Your Account" Over Twitter Video Comparing Hillary Clinton to Hyena
TV's only female late-night host deleted the tweet just minutes after posting it.
It was one woman looking out for another. But Samantha Bee had second thoughts.
The brash, brainy comedian — who broke ground this year by becoming the only female late-night host in a crowded field dominated by men — took to Twitter on Monday night to tell her own network, TBS, to "delete your account" after the network posted a video comparing Hillary Clinton's laugh to that of wild hyenas.
The network responded on Tuesday morning by issuing an apology. "This post was obviously a poor attempt at humor and has been taken down," a statement read. "Moving forward we'll leave political satire to professionals like Samantha Bee."
Bee's tweet, which was quickly deleted, was posted just as the first night of the Democratic National Convention concluded with a rousing speech from Bernie Sanders calling on disruptive supporters to rally around the presumptive presidential nominee, the first female major-party nominee in U.S. history.
The network posted the controversial video to Twitter on Sunday. "Move over Donkey! There’s a new mascot in town. ... #ImWithHyena," the caption read.
The video, titled "Hillary Clinton's Call of the Wild," runs 24 seconds and features clips of a laughing Clinton alternating with shots of a pack of wild hyenas making cackling sounds.
"Delete your account" was a popular Twitter phrase that became a sensation after Clinton deployed it against Donald Trump on June 9.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee premiered on TBS on Feb. 8, 2016, and instantly stood out from other late-night shows for being the only one to feature a female host. The show has drawn high praise from critics for Bee's scathing monologues on issues like sexism and racism.
In April, TBS added an additional 26 episodes to its initial order, ensuring it will be on the air until at least the end of 2016.
July 26, 9 a.m. Updated to include TBS statement.