Samantha Bee apologized Thursday for describing Ivanka Trump with a vulgarity on her TBS show “Full Frontal” that shocked advertisers and prompted an outraged response from the White House.
“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 in a statement to The Post. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”
Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser and the president’s elder daughter, sparked online outrage Sunday when she tweeted a photo of herself with her younger son around the same time as reports circulated that the U.S. government had lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year. During a segment Wednesday night criticizing the administration’s immigration practices, Bee said, “You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child. Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c—. He listens to you.”
The comment had attracted quite a bit of attention on social media Thursday and elicited a passionate response from the White House.
“The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to The Washington Post prior to Bee’s public apology. “The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.”