- The Washington Times - Friday, July 13, 2018

Late-night TV host Samantha Bee said the uproar over her calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c—t” on air has come with a “pretty steep learning curve.”

The former “Daily Show” correspondent, who now host’s TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” told The Hollywood Reporter that she wasn’t well-prepared for the “level of ferocity” that came with insulting the first daughter in such a manner.

“It affected me a lot,” she said in an interview published Thursday. “I’ve been thinking a lot about it. We had a scheduled vacation around July 4, and it was a time of reflection.”

“I do think that being a part of the outrage machine is an inevitability now,” she added. “That’s a reality everyone has to grapple with — not just me. The level of ferocity is something I hadn’t quite experienced up to that point, but I assume I’ll go through it again. Maybe I’ll be better prepared next time. I think we handled it well, but it was a pretty steep learning curve.”

In an episode of her show that aired May 30, in the midst of the uproar over President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy at the border, Ms. Bee commented on a photo that Ivanka Trump tweeted of herself and her child.

“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—t!” Ms. Bee said at the time, the slur being bleeped out.

She later apologized for her “inappropriate and inexcusable” comment.

Now, more than a month later, “Full Frontal” is up for seven Emmy nominations, including the coveted category for best variety talk series. Vanity Fair characterized the nominations as a “big middle finger to the GOP.”

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