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Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
Samantha Bee offers "this very standard American soccer ball" to her fellow Emmy nominees
Check out Bee's special microphones-equipped soccer ball "gift" to Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Samantha Bee is grateful for Full Frontal's seven Emmy nominations in the aftermath of her C-word controversy
Hours after her TBS late-night show earned seven nominations, Bee told The Hollywood Reporter that the Ivanka Trump C-word controversy "affected me a lot. I've been thinking a lot about it," adding: "I think we handled it well, but it was a pretty steep learning curve." In another interview with Deadline, Bee added: “I think that’s the kind of world we’re living in now, and I won’t be surprised when it happens again when I strike a nerve and cause some reaction." Bee said she will be “better prepared for it emotionally” next time. “You can’t make the show from a place of fear and intimidation,” she said, adding: “I don’t think it means changing the job; it’s just something to have in the back of my mind at all times."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
Republican National Committee releases an "Unhinged" ad featuring Michelle Wolf, Samantha Bee, Bill Maher and Kathy Griffin
The RNC-produced commercial, titled "The Left In 2018: Unhinged" aims to take advantage of the liberal comedians' various controversies, with "narration" from Bernie Sanders (taken from 2016 presidential campaign speeches)..
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
Samantha Bee revisits immigration separation for the first time since "feckless c*nt" controversy
Three weeks ago, the Full Frontal host became the first late-night host to fully take on the Trump administration's family separation policy that has blown up into a big story over the past week. But in calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt," her main message got lost in the controversy over her use of the offensive slur. In her opening monologue Wednesday night, Bee skewered President Trump's announcement that he would end family separations. “Yay, no more baby internment camps,” she said. “Just regular internment camps. Cool, that’s what we call a win in 2018!” She added: "Any solution to this problem has to start with the premise that children should not go to jail,” she added. “I know, I know, I’m such a radical leftist.” ALSO: Advertisers are starting to return to Full Frontal.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
AT&T executive taking over HBO, TBS, TNT and CNN promises a hands-off approach -- even when it comes to Samantha Bee and Bill Maher
AT&T's John Stankey, 55, is now in charge of the $31 billion conglomerate that comprises Warner Bros. film studios, Turner and HBO as part of the AT&T-Time Warner merger. The company is changing its name to WarnerMedia. Stankey says he'll take a hands-off approach to the creative side of WarnerMedia. When asked about President Trump constantly attacking CNN, Stankey said: "Well, first of all the folks at CNN will continue to do what they do without my involvement or intervention. I think they do that incredibly very well, and they will continue to do that under my leadership just like they did the day before I showed up here." When asked about Bee and Maher -- and her recent Full Frontal controversy -- Stankey said his networks will continue having the same freedom they currently enjoy. "People who are running the creative process are professionals at running the creative process," he says. "I don’t believe that AT&T — the historical AT&T — by its nature brings much capability or intellectual property to do that better." ALSO: AT&T plans to give HBO a bigger budget to compete with Netflix.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Stephen Colbert: "We are a feckless country" for taking immigrant kids from their parents at the border
The Late Show host played off of Samantha Bee's "feckless c*nt" controversy on Thursday night to blast the Trump administration's immigrant separation policy that has gathered more headlines in recent weeks. “We are a feckless… country," Colbert said. It was the separation policy that prompted Bee to call Ivanka Trump the C-word, but the Full Frontal host's comments got lost in her use of the vulgarity.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Robert De Niro and Samantha Bee aren't politicians -- stop calling them out for saying naughty words
De Niro's "F*ck Trump" outburst at the Tonys led to not one but two Op-Eds in the Washington Post criticizing his use of profanity, including one that said it "could do a lot of collateral damage." The New York Times also ran a column criticizing De Niro, titled "How to Lose the Midterms and Re-elect Trump." To which Drew Magary says calls about decorum from De Niro and Bee are delusional: "Keep in mind that Robert De Niro isn’t a politician, and has no obligation to voters. Nor is Samantha Bee, who was targeted by a clockwork bad-faith campaign from the right when she called Ivanka Trump a feckless c*nt in public." He adds: "Literally two people, who don’t even hold public office, have the temerity to be publicly angry at the Trump administration, and somehow that’s enough to merit an Emily Post course in dinner table conversation from the fartsniffer set."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Robert De Niro's Tony Awards "F*ck Trump" outburst was "brief, profane and pointless"
As Samantha Bee recently learned, uttering profanity against the Trump administration isn't very effect, according to Sophie Gilbert. "A brief outburst was apparently as far as his onstage protest was willing to go," she says of De Niro's outburst. "In that, the moment was of a piece with the bulk of the other statements made on the Tony stage, and with Kelly Clarkson’s vague call for 'action' on mass shootings at last month’s Billboard Music Awards, and with the Oscars in March, where President Trump’s name was barely mentioned at all. De Niro’s exclamation was easy—cathartic in its plosive syllables and its matching, guttural vowel sounds, and employing a profanity that postures itself as daring, subversive. It might have been a satisfying moment for De Niro and for his audience, but it was toothless otherwise." She adds: "It’s easy to take a platform that offers easy (if bleeped-out) access to millions of people and use profanity to capture a mood, to express an emotion. But the outrage that will doubtless ensue is a distraction from what really matters, and what’s much harder to realize: the work of trying to change a situation, not just rage against it."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Michelle Wolf defends Samantha Bee: "I really think that if you couch something in a joke, you can say whatever you want"
Wolf tells The Daily Beast most people complaining about Bee's "feckless c*nt" remark about Ivanka Trump probably don't even know what "feckless" means. "I mean, Ivanka is part of the Trump administration," she added. "She’s fair game. And she is useless. So I think it’s very fair to point out that she’s doing a terrible job."
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Why Samantha Bee's Full Frontal C-word apology was perfect
The Full Frontal host resisted "the socially engrained pressure women face of melting into a sappy puddle of self-hatred whenever they’ve crossed a line," says Leah Fessler. "Instead of stopping at the admittance of her wrongdoing, Bee seamlessly wove a moment of feminine division into feminist unity by setting clear and unapologetic boundaries between who deserves her remorse, and who does not..." Fessler adds: "At their core, apologies are not about you—they’re about the person you’ve hurt. Which is why it’s okay to briefly explain why you did what you did, but it’s not okay to turn your motivations into excuses. There’s no more surefire way to ruin an apology than being defensive or claiming the person you’re apologizing to is in the wrong. Bee hits the mark on every one of these apology tactics, while skillfully employing humor both to bring levity to the situation, and to stay true to her values."
- Last night's Full Frontal carried less than half the national advertisers of the previous week
- Why Bee's apology was bad: She presented a false choice
- Bee framed her apology to victims rather than bow to phony conservative outrage
- Fox & Friends mocked Bee's apology: "She wanted to expand her name recognition, and she did," said NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch
- Bee wasn’t doing anything new in using the C word — she just got caught saying it about the “wrong” person
- Bee's apology was "a very effective and economical use of two minutes"
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
Samantha Bee strikes a defiant tone in apologizing on Full Frontal for her C-word controversy
Bee addressed the brouhaha over calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" at the top of her TBS show Wednesday night, saying she's used the C-word many times on her show because she's "hoping to reclaim it. This time I used it as an insult. I crossed the line, I regret it and I do apologize for that." She added: "The problem is, that many women have heard that word at the worst moments of thelr lives. A lot of them don’t want that word reclaimed. They want it gone. And, I don’t blame them. I don’t want to inflict more pain on them. I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest, but I never intended it to hurt anyone, except Ted Cruz. Many men were also offended by my use of the word. I do not care about that." Bee said she hates that the C-word overshadowed her message about immigrants in detention being separated from their children. "I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policy," she said, adding: "I’m really sorry that I said that word. But, you know what? Civility is just nice words, maybe we should all worry little bit more about the niceness of our actions."
- Bee also introduced four stoic men in suits as "our mandatory censors who will be with us from now on"
- Seth Meyers weighs in on Bee's C-word controversy: "I think anybody who said things like that, there would have been a reaction. We love reacting."
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Will Samantha Bee still be free to speak her mind? She recently touted how TBS is "so free about the content of the show"
After The Hollywood Reporter reported this morning that TBS will exert more oversight over Full Frontal, Matt Wilstein wonders how the aftermath of the Ivanka Trump "feckless c*nt" controversy will affect Bee's show. At a For Your Consideration Emmy event two weeks ago, panel moderator Molly Ringwald said “Go, TBS!” in response to Bee's answer to a question about how much leeway she has at TBS. “Not to kiss TBS’ ass too much, but actually they are so free about the content of the show," Bee said, adding: “You could never find a better match. They have been incredibly generous, just keeping themselves separate and letting us create the show. I just can’t imagine a more free, creative landscape. They are amazing with the show, there is no other way to say it.”
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee to get more TBS oversight following the Ivanka Trump controversy
The cable network will work with the show to prevent another "feckless c*nt" incident. Last week's use of the slur was bleeped out and Bee has used the C-word before. But that was when TBS gave "essentially full creative license" to Bee and her Full Frontal staff, according to The Hollywood Reporter. ALSO: James Corden says the C-word is a "compliment" in some parts of Britain.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 5:25PM EDT
Ivanka Trump is said to be "more angry than hurt" over Samantha Bee's C-word comment
A source tells People magazine: “It has been hurtful and was surprising to her at first. But now she is more resilient or even hardened to it and brushes off the comments by partisans who hate the administration The Samantha Bee remark goes in that category.”