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Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 2:39PM EST
Samantha Bee announces a Christmas special "on I.C.E."
Full Frontal Presents "Christmas on I.C.E." will air Dec. 19, promising “a less-godless-than-the-usual-liberal Christmas variety spectacular. Featured guests will include Olympic medalist Adam Rippon.
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 2:22AM EST
CNN denounces the White House for suspending Jim Acosta's press access, accuses Sarah Huckabee Sanders of lying
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The White House press secretary suspended the CNN White House chief correspondent's access Wednesday night, accusing him of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern" when she tried to grab the mic out of his hand during President Trump's press conference. CNN shot back, saying the revocation "was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today's press conference, In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied." CNN then provided video of the intern trying to grab the mic "for the world to see." Sanders responded by producing a distorted video of the incident that was similar to one posted by Infowars. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video," Huckabee tweeted. CNN White House producer Allie Malloy tweeted that Sanders' version of events "is a complete lie. The woman grabbed Jim's arm repeatedly. He never once touched her. In fact at one point @Acosta tells her politely 'pardon me, mam' as she's yanking on his arm." Acosta also received the backing of Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, who was sitting next to him.
- CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett expresses solidarity with Jim Acosta on The Late Show
- Is the White House spat with Jim Acosta aimed at distracting from the Democratic House victory and Jeff Sessions' resignation?
- Stephen Colbert blasts Trump for his spat with Acosta: "What a d*ck"!
- Samantha Bee goes off on White House for trying to silence Acosta
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 7:37AM EST
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal trivia game app launched to donate money to NAACP
The new game for "This is Not a Game: The Game" was "intentionally unwinnable" for players so that the money could instead go to the NAACP.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Samantha Bee is doing two Full Frontal episodes next week to cover the midterms
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Bee's weekly late-night show will air on Monday to preview the midterm elections and Wednesday to respond to the aftermath. ALSO: Bee releases voter guide with soothing imagery.
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
Samantha Bee celebrates Halloween by brewing man parts in a witches' cauldron
Source: ET Canada
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble,” Bee and fellow Full Frontal colleagues Ashley Nicole Black and Allana Harkin chanted while they dropped man parts in a cauldron. The rest of the Halloween Full Frontal episode was "actually an all-boo episode because nothing is scarier than our current reality,” Bee said. “We’ll be checking in on America’s horrifying history of antisemitism and, though it is Halloween, we’ll be covering the white supremacists who choose to wear their sheets year round.”
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Busy Philipps welcomed to late-night by Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee
Busy Tonight's premiere episode also showed Jimmy Kimmel giving her a "gift," while Conan O'Brien sent a special surprise from his show.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
Megyn Kelly Today's future is in doubt as NBC News boss condemns her blackface controversy
Source: The New York Times
Even before Megyn Kelly's latest controversy, she was in talks with NBC News chairman Andy Lack to wind down her show by the end of the year, according to The New York Times. The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, says "Megyn Kelly is expected to wind down her 9 a.m. Today show hour by the end of the season," while Variety reports that she and NBC News "have engaged in conversations about what role might make her happiest at the news division." Hours after Kelly's tearful on-air apology this morning for yesterday's blackface comments, Lack slammed her blackface comments at an NBC News town hall meeting. “There is no other way to put this, but I condemn those remarks,” Lack said. “There is no place on our air or in this workplace for them. Very unfortunate.” According to The Times, "his comments were seen within NBC as a stinging rebuke."
- Why does it appear that NBC has declared war on Megyn Kelly?
- House of Cards stars cancel Megyn Kelly Today appearance following her blackface comments
- UPDATE: Megyn Kelly Today will air reruns for the rest of the week: "No more live episodes of Ms. Kelly’s show are expected to air this week, and a replacement could be on the air by Monday," reports The Wall Street Journal.
- Samantha Bee explains why blackface is wrong: "Imagine how you'd feel if every cartoon for 100 years was about a prissy blonde who spelled 'Megyn' wrong getting smushed by anvils," she said on Full Frontal.
- Megyn Kelly is now without an agency: Kelly reportedly fired CAA on Wednesday out of concern that the agency was too close to NBC News. She had been in talks to join UTA before the blackface incident. But UTA has opted not to represent her in the wake of her blackface controversy.
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 4:56AM EDT
Late-night's response to the Kavanaugh hearings reveals the problem with having too many male hosts
There was a "certain emotional remove" in the way the male late-night hosts responded to Thursday's testimonies from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, according to Judy Berman. She pointed to the short video Samantha Bee released online Friday as demonstrating that there is a "shortage of similarly cathartic female voices" on late-night TV.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 11:40PM EDT
Samantha Bee weighs in on the Kavanaugh hearings in a Friday night Full Frontal video posted online
“I don’t have a show tonight, but yesterday a bunch of super-powerful white dudes stood up and yelled at rape survivors for messing up their schedule” Bee, dressed in a white robe, said in the video posted to Twitter. "So I needed to either yell into a camera or eat an entire confetti cake."
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal midterm app was so popular it crashed
"Normally we love it when something goes down on us, just not our own app. We’ll be back TOMORROW!" Bee tweeted last night after the “This is Not a Game” app proved to be too popular. ALSO: Bee created the app after realizing 54% of her viewers aren't registered to vote.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
Samantha Bee's midterms election app is now available to download
Source: Marie Claire
Full Frontal's "This Is Not a Game: The Game" was first announced in May. “It felt like somebody had to try something...to drive voter turnout,” says Bee. “We don’t have a clue if it’s going to work or succeed or fail. It’s been a grand experiment.”
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
Samantha Bee: Full Frontal's new set will reflect our aim "to take up more space in the world"
Source: The Daily Beast
Bee tells The Daily Beast "it felt like a time for a bit of a refresh for our aesthetic," especially for her show's coverage of the midterms. "I’m very happy where we are," she says. "I think with anything, after two some-odd years you walk on stage and go, it seems small now, maybe we need something bigger. It’s not even really expanding the message of the show, I just think we’re ready for something bigger in that space. I think we’re ready to take up more space in the world and so why not have a set that reflects that?" Bee also addressed her C-word controversy, saying: "I was very regretful that that moment really took away from what I was trying to say with the segment. And the segment really effectively disappeared, you can’t find it anymore."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Samantha Bee finds Michelle Wolf and Robin Thede cancelations "very disheartening"
Source: The Daily Beast
“I’m really, really sad about it,” the Full Frontal host says of BET canceling The Rundown with Robin Thede and Netflix axing The Break with Michelle Wolf over the past month. Bee tells The Daily Beast: “You have to take time as a network to develop things. If it’s not working for you in the time slot or whatever, you have to give a show more than 10 episodes to find its legs. It’s brutal. Shows need time to find their audience and they need adequate advertising. They need adequate promotional pushes to make that happen.”
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 7:08PM EDT
Samantha Bee and Padma Lakshmi parody Top Chef to comment on immigrants in the food industry
Tonight's Full Frontal episode tackles the 1.3 million undocumented immigrants who work in the U.S. restaurant industry.
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal will undergo some tweaks during its one-month hiatus
Bee and her staff are planning a sketch during tonight's show bidding farewell to their original set. On Sept. 12, Bee will unveil what is being billed as "Full Frontal 2.0," which includes changes that are being made for the midterm elections.