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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 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 9:19PM EDT
Late-night monologue writers are finding their jobs extremely stressful in the Trump era
"Mondays are a bitch now," says Trevor Noah's Daily Show executive producer Steve Bodow, pointing to all the news in the Trump era that happens Friday through Sunday. He says there's "the Friday news dump, and the Sunday shows, and there’s invariably a weekend Twitter storm.” Jimmy Kimmel Live! co-head writer Danny Ricker adds: “I think we are buoying the therapy industry. There is a level of fatigue and exhaustion, I think, (that is similar to) when we talked about Jersey Shore every day. Jesus, enough with these idiots!” Fellow Kimmel co-head writer Molly McNearney notes “it’s incredibly hard, I think, to be funny when you’re really angry and sad at the same time." Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin, meanwhile, says it's tougher for monologue writers these days because of not only all the late-night competition, but all the jokes on Twitter. “I really envy the Johnny Carson writers,” she says. “Really, they had it so easy.” ALSO: Trevor Noah explains the making a Daily Show episode.
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 Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
TBS cancels Wyatt Cenac's People of Earth after two seasons despite renewing it for a third season
Creator David Jenkins revealed on Twitter that even though the third season of the Conan O'Brien-produced sitcom was "already written," it "will not be shot."
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.”
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Ashton Kutcher is okay with losing his hair
The Ranch star, who turned 40 in February, tells Conan he initially tried to fight going bald, but he's come to accept it. "I'm a baseball cap guy, so I think I'm OK," he says. "I've established myself as a baseball cap wearing individual."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 2:49PM EDT
Conan O'Brien: "Doing half an hour could shock me into coming up with new stuff"
Citing the movie Die Hard, Conan says in a lengthy interview with Vulture that TBS was initially reluctant with his plan to downsize to 30-minute shows. "The truth is that the initial resistance to half an hour came from the business side," he says. "They didn’t want to stop selling an hour’s worth of ads. But we’re not going to be giving them less content. We might even be making more content and just putting more of it directly online." He adds: "There are parts of late night that feel very pro forma. At this stage in my career doing half an hour could shock me into coming up with new stuff." In a lengthy Die Hard analogy, Conan says that from his years of experience, he's learned that executives are committed to a plan, even when things change. "Sometimes my experience with executives is as if they’re Hans Gruber and the internet is Bruce Willis," he says says. The veteran host also discussed how he's gotten over The Tonight Show debacle, saying: "Without getting into specifics, there were a few people who I felt were not being good human beings. But I see that what happened was an inevitable clusterf*ck. I had a bad feeling the minute NBC said, 'You’re going to go do The Tonight Show but Jay’s also going to be on at 10 doing a Tonight Show before your Tonight Show.' It’s like when the Bachelor can’t decide: All three of us were not going to fit in that hot tub."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 2:49PM EDT
Dr. Phil takes down James Corden in Drop the Mic rap battle
“You just had a baby, is that really true? I was just about to ask when you were due,” Dr. Phil McGraw rapped. “You’re a big producer and a huge loser. Only dude I know puts burgers in a juicer.”
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
Jon Stewart defends Samantha Bee, warns that "we mistake cultural power for power"
"They don't give a sh*t about the word 'c*nt,'" the former Daily Show host said of the White House's reaction to Bee, his longest-serving correspondent, calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" on her Full Frontal show. Stewart made his comments Sunday night in a Q&A at Comedy Central's Clusterfest in San Francisco, where he seemed to imply that Bee shouldn't have apologized for using the C-word, according to The Daily Beast's Matt Wilstein. Stewart said there is nothing anyone can do to “make them give up this ‘We’re the real victims’ game,” because, “it’s a game, it’s a strategy, and it’s working.” Before that, according to Wilstein, Stewart spoke about feeling "oddly culpable" for perpetuating the notion that his nightly Daily Show monologues eviscerating the right had more power than they actually did. “We mistake cultural power for power," he said. According to Wilstein, Stewart said while he took “great cathartic satisfaction” in the segments he did on that show, he also recognized that “there is a corrosive thing that happens to you when your life is based on impotent rage.”
- Samantha Bee plans to address the "feckless c*nt" backlash on her show Wednesday
- Bee's Full Frontal executive producer Miles Kahn was proud that "feckless c*nt" was trending
- John Oliver alluded to Bee's controversy on Last Week Tonight, saying of Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "What is wrong with you, you feckless – oh, never mind, it’s not worth it. Bad idea"
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert show the pitfalls of using offensive language to attack the Trump presidency
A year ago, Colbert ran into controversy when he called Trump a "c*ckholster." This week, Bee labeled Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt." "Beyond the moral ickiness of getting in the mud with the trolls, when Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee use offensive language, they begin to betray their own cause," says Meghan O'Keefe. "When they deliver a monologue excoriating President Trump, their aim is to mock the President. They can do so with their command of wit, satire, and general creativity. When they go for the lazy reward found in punctuating a joke with a word so bad that standards & practices has to bleep it out, well, then they are becoming like Trump. They’re no better than the crass Commander-in-Chief that they so clearly despise. Moreover, it’s just dumb to lean on profanity to make a case, especially when the powers that be are so good at harnessing that kind of language to fire up their followers."