By Sam Reed
Jun 07, 2018 @ 9:00 am

One week after calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c—t”—a move that cost her TBS show two advertisers, State Farm and Autotrader—Samantha Bee has issued her full response.

The statement, from the opening monologue of Wednesday's show, came in addition to an apology made via Twitter (in which she called her use of the word "inappropriate and inexcusable") on the day after the original segment aired on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

"You know, a lot of people were offended and angry I used an epithet to describe the president’s daughter and adviser last week," said Bee. "It is a word I have used on the show many times, 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 continued, "The problem is, that many women have heard that word at the worst moments of their lives. A lot of them don’t want that word reclaimed. They want it gone. And, I don’t blame them." (As for the offended men? "Many men were also offended by my use of the word. I do not care about that.")

Ultimately, she explained, she was upset that the language she used detracted from the issue she was discussing. "I hate that this distracted from more important issues," she noted. "I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policy."

The whole incident began last Thursday, when the outspoken comedian—who is known for left of center, sometimes crude humor—said: “Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c—. He listens to you. Put on something tight and low cut and tell him to f—ing stop it.”

Many, including Jon Stewart, Sally Field, Amber Tamblyn and Kathy Griffin (who knows a thing or two about making inappropriate political jokes), came to Bee’s defense. Others on the right likened her comments to Roseanne Barr’s racist Twitter rant, which resulted in the cancellation of her eponymous ABC sitcom. 

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the comments “disgusting” and “not fit for broadcast,” and added that “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." Her comments were called out for essentially encouraging censorship. 

President Trump, naturally, weighed in on Twitter: “Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show? A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!”

In the end, however, it looks like Sam Bee got the last word. 

Read her full statement below: 

You know, a lot of people were offended and angry I used an epithet to describe the president’s daughter and adviser last week. It is a word I have used on the show many times, 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.

The problem is, that many women have heard that word at the worst moments of their 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.

I hate that this distracted from more important issues. I hate that I did something to contribute to the nightmare of 24-hour news cycles that we’re all white-knuckling through. I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policy.

I would do anything to help those kids. I hate that this distracted from them. So, to them I am also sorry.

And look, if you are worried about the death of civility. Don’t sweat it. I’m a comedian. People who hone their voices in basement bars while yelling back at drunk hecklers are definitely not paragons of civility.

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.

Thanks for listening.