So much for that apology.
Following a statement from Samantha Bee saying she was sorry for her “inappropriate and inexcusable” insult of Ivanka Trump, the embattled TBS late-night host was back defending herself and lashing out at the Trump administration.
The network has been under fire to terminate the so-called comedian for referring to President Donald Trump’s daughter as a “feckless c***” during her “Full Frontal” show on Wednesday. Condemnation has been pouring in as even the White House weighed in as first lady Melania Trump’s office called out the “astounding” double standard.
Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show? A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2018
That double standard was more clearly seen on Thursday as the Television Academy Honors awarded Bee for ‘social change’ by covering the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. This on the heels of ABC firing Roseanne Barr for tweeting what many condemned as a racist comment about former President Barack Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
But the folks at at Turner Broadcasting, which also owns CNN, apparently have Bee’s back and she thanked them at the event on Thursday reportedly held at Neuehouse in Hollywood.
“You know, the thing is our show is steeped in passion. Every week I strive to show the world as I see it, unfiltered. Sometimes I should probably have a filter. I accept that. I take it seriously when I get it right and I do take responsibility when I get it wrong,” Bee said, according to Indiewire.
“Our piece attracted controversy of the worst kind,” Bee said, referring to the show’s segment about the Trump administration’s immigration and border policies which prompted her to call on Ivanka Trump, a “feckless c-t” who needed to “do something about [her] dad’s immigration practices.”
“We spent the day wrestling with the repercussions of one bad word, when we all should have spent the day incensed that as a nation we are wrenching children from their parents and treating people legally seeking asylum as criminals,” Bee added. “If we are OK with that then really, who are we?”
But while TBS and the liberal media may turn a blind eye to the appalling double standard they apply to conservatives, it seems some advertisers have already begun severing ties with “Full Frontal.” But the 48-year-old comedian seemed unrepentant at the awards event.
“I can tell you, as long as we have breath in our bodies and 21 minutes of airtime once a week, repeats on Saturdays, that we as a show will never stop shouting [about] the inhumanities of this world from the rooftops and striving to make it a better place” said Bee. “But in a comedy way.”
Bee also thanked her bosses, saying “you always have our back and we appreciate that so deeply.”
It seems while the network and its star may be touting freedom of speech protections, the Television Academy was more interested in controlling the narrative. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that media attending the event would not be allowed into the reception “as a result of today’s events involving Samantha B.,” leading to “the need to limit access to tonight’s activities.”
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