Samantha Bee Unwraps ‘Christmas On I.C.E.’, Tells How TBS Ponied Up House For Immigrant Families: Deadline Q&A

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Among the yuletide firsts that can almost certainly be claimed by Samantha Bee and her Full Frontal TBS Christmas On I.C.E. special tonight is a joyful little musical rhyming of “holiday season” with “lies and treason.”
“M…

Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ Donates House For Detained Immigrants To Nonprofit Org

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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is donating a six-bedroom house to El Refugio, an organization that works with detained immigrants and their families, as part of its I.C.E.-focused, ice skating holiday special Christmas on I.C.E.
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Jimmy Kimmel Joins Late-Night Hosts With Special Election Shows

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‘Full Frontal’ Offers History Lesson To Megyn Kelly & Sam Bee Explains Fox News’ White Power

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Kerry Washington, Brie Larson, ‘Will & Grace’ Cast, ‘Full Frontal’ Staff & More Support Time’s Up Walkout

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Samantha Bee Launches Mobile App Timed To Mid-Term Elections: “It Felt Like Somebody Needed To Try Something”

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With the mid-term elections just two months away, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has rolled out This is Not a Game: The Game, the TBS show’s live mobile app that rewards political knowledge with cash prizes.
As Bee explained during the Turner upf…

Samantha Bee: Reaction to My Ivanka Trump ‘Feckless C—‘ Segment Was ‘Beyond Overblown’

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Samantha Bee says that her apology for calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c—” on her TBS show “Full Frontal” in May was not meant to please those on the right who were angry with her comment — in fact, she found the whole incident “beyond overblown.”

“It was definitely unpleasant. It was a real learning experience. I was very surprised. I felt that it was incredibly overblown. Like beyond overblown,” she said in a recent interview with the Daily Beast. The backlash caused her to lose sponsors from her show and for TBS to completely scrub the episode from the internet.

In May, at the height of the outrage over the separation of immigrant children from their families at the southern border, Bee showed a photo Ivanka posted of herself cuddling her baby. “You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c–,” Bee said in the segment. “He listens to you.”

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In the following week’s episode of “Full Frontal,” Bee apologized. But she said she did not apologize to mollify the right, or as a “concession to their demands,” but rather because it felt like the right thing to do. The one thing she regrets about the whole incident, however, is that the criticism ended up distracting viewers from the message she was trying to get across.

“I was very regretful that that moment really took away from what I was trying to say with the segment,” she told the Daily Beast. “And the segment really effectively disappeared, you can’t find it anymore. That’s really a shame, because the subject matter was really important to me.”

The comedian/host continued to say that the show has “circled back to it multiple times after that, but it’s a story that hasn’t gone away yet. I felt like it did a disservice to the [separated] families. Not that we would expect to have a huge impact on them, but I felt that anything that took away from that story, which is so critical and an ongoing story that continues on to this moment, I felt terrible.”

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And about that apology, “Well, my apology was very specific, so I’ll just say that,” she said. “The apology was not offered to the right. It was not offered as a concession to their demands, at all. It was offered in a very specific manner and I don’t regret putting it out there. I think it was the right thing to do,” she said.

“There is literally nothing that I can do to please loud voices on the right and I don’t expect to try anytime soon. It really wasn’t for them. I don’t really care what they think of me. A lot of the loudest voices that came out to speak about me should be embarrassed by their own conduct these days. I could not give a single f— what they think of me,” she said, adding that comedy will never please everyone.

For the Bee’s full interview with the Daily Beast, head over here

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Samantha Bee on Her One Regret About Calling Ivanka Trump That Word

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A version of this story about Samantha Bee appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” is back in the Emmy race for the third straight year — despite the blowback from her description of first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump as “a feckless c—.”

Bee’s weekly Comedy Central series won a writing Emmy last year and is up for four awards this year, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

The “Daily Show” alum talked to TheWrap about her momentous, headline-grabbing year — and the challenges of preparing topical comedy in the era of President Donald Trump.

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Do you dread reading the news every morning, or do you relish it?
I think that I’m not alone in dreading the news every day. I think that’s a very shared experience. It’s dreadful. It’s a terrible way to start the day.

And you have to be constantly ready to adjust “Full Frontal.”
That’s true for every show of this kind. It takes a herculean effort to be nimble, because everything happens so fast.

As a political comedian, what are the advantages and disadvantages of having Donald Trump as president?
I don’t think any of us think it’s tremendously delicious. Certainly, there’s no shortage of material, but we also are citizens of this country and we want things to go smoothly. I think all of us would make a choice to have a more boring leader, and have to struggle a little bit more to be topical, than to have utter chaos at the highest levels of government.

This is the hand we’ve been dealt. We all have ulcers and patches of hair falling out. And Donald Trump doesn’t bless us with comedy. [pause] But Donald Trump Jr. does. So there’s always a silver lining.

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“Full Frontal” began at a time when Trump has already declared his candidacy, so the show has never known a political landscape without him. But did his nomination or his election substantially change what you did?
His nomination didn’t necessarily change anything for us, but when he won the election it changed. It didn’t change the process at all, but the world felt different.

I think with the outcome that we had all expected, we definitely thought that we would have the ability to tell a more diverse range of stories. We thought the Hillary Clinton administration would be totally imperfect — but we could have a reasonable chance of predictability, and you’d find the occasional week where you couldn’t do anything particularly topical and it would be a little more challenging.

Obviously no administration is perfect, so we knew there would be material. But the election changed a lot of people’s day-to-day lives. There’s too much to talk about now. I think this is true across all shows like this. It’s a dilemma.

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A recent show included a video from Dana Loesch, the NRA spokesperson, where she talked about “the late-night hosts who think their opinions are the only opinions that matter.” It does feel as if late-night is a center of the resistance to this administration in certain ways.
I don’t think any of us think that our opinions are the only ones that matter. We just have TV shows. And it’s not like we all communicate with each other on a daily basis and commiserate over it. It just happens that we are topical shows, and we’re not news shows, so this is the material we have to work with.

You can’t ignore what’s topical these days. It all feels very high stakes. It’s hard to shy away from the real world.

You recently took a lot of flak, and lost some advertisers at least temporarily, over your “feckless c—” comment about Ivanka Trump, in particular the word that you used.
I wish that people had been able to see the content that led up to it, actually. I was speaking very passionately about an idea I felt very deeply about that was getting no coverage. My main regret was diverting attention from the topic I was discussing. Not that we could have caused everyone to turn their eyes to the story.

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Of course, news outlets had the option to turn away from the story of a word that I said and turn their focus to the migrant children.

Do you take criticism in general as a sign that what you’re doing is working?
Normally, if the NRA TV takes a stand against me, I know that I’m taking a correct stance. That’s a pretty good barometer of where my point of view should be. If Fox News hates what I’m doing, it’s nice to know that they strongly disagree.

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Late-Night TV Has a Growing Problem: Maybe There’s Too Much of It

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Something funny is going on with late-night TV, but it’s not the sort of development that’s going to make anyone laugh. Netflix’s decision to cancel programs led by comics Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale that emulated traditional late-night series, revea…

Terry Crews: Even a Pie to the Face Full of Bees Is Funnier Than Your Stupid Rape Jokes (Video)

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Samantha Bee and Terry Crews teamed up to create a hilarious public service announcement on “Full Frontal,” urging unfunny people to stop making jokes about male sexual assault.

“When we talk about men and sexual assault, it’s usually about whether some slimeball was falsely accused or not, but false accusations are as rare as a fun bachelorette party,” Bee said, kicking off the segment with a monologue.

“The truth is about 1 out of 33 men in the U.S. have been victims of attempted or completed rape, meaning men are vastly more likely to be sexually assault than to be falsely accused of rape,” she continued. “Sexual assault of men is a real problem, and not a joke, despite the way we tend to talk about it.”

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Bee played a clip of comedians making jokes about rape, specifically referencing the cliche of rape happening to men in prison. Other clips she showed included a news clip in which a rape joke was made by police as part of an anti-drunk driving campaign.

There was even a clip of a “drop the soap” joke that popped up in an episode of the cartoon “Spongebob Squarepants.”

“Rape is funny when it happens in jail to people we don’t like?” Bee asked. “People have a tendency to dismiss male sexual abuse, even when it happens to children, including people on a network that really really should have put its staff through sensitivity training by now.”

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To encourage people to stop making jokes about sexual assault against boys and men, Bee played a public service announcement she’d made with Terry Crews. In June, Crews detailed his own experience of sexual assault in testimony before the U.S. Senate.

The pair advised anyone making jokes about prison rape or priests abusing alter boys to think twice.

“Stop telling those f—king jokes,” Crews said.

“They’re not funny,” Bee added. “They’ve never been funny.”

“You’re a hack and everyone knows it,” Crews put in.

The two then detailed a few things that actually are funny, like spit-takes — in which both Crews and Bee spit water in each other’s faces — and the idea of kids stacked on top of each other in a trench coat to try to get into a movie.

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Crews also had another ridiculous comedy alternative to making rape jokes: A pie to the face, but with the pie full of bees.

“It’s like your name!” Crews laughed as Bee screamed in mock horror.

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